Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier narrate their media day staredown

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier

Headlining UFC 214 is the long-delayed rematch between light heavyweight champion Daniel "DC" Cormier against no. 1 challenger and former champion Jon "Bones" Jones.

Lesnar, who announced his MMA retirement on February 14, would have to reenter the USADA testing program for his suspension to end.

His toughest test inside the octagon was Gustafsson - but his toughest test in life began before his first fight with Cormier.

It is unclear what history Jones and Thomas have. But Jones had to be pulled from the card just days before the bout after testing positive for a banned substance. But a champion of Jones' caliber, one who's accomplished more than any other fighter in the history of the sport, can ill afford being labeled a cheater.

"I want to show the world that you can be down but never out", Jones told me. "That was genuine, man". He may be content with being labeled as the antagonist in his saga with Cormier; cool with the idea of being the "bad guy." . I got caught up in my own s**t. "I don't care if he's out every single night partying. I just took it all for granted". It was a significant win for Jones, who handed Cormier his first loss in the sport of mixed martial arts and further cemented himself as the pound-for-pound king of MMA. "It's going to really inspire somebody else to realize that it's not over... That's the reason I've kept striving, even when I was down".

"But as I've said time and time again, this rivalry is a rivalry when I win the fight this weekend".

Last July, Jones was supposed to make his comeback against Cormier at UFC 200.

Jones insists he's coming into the fight a changed man, but Cormier, whose clean-cut image has contrasted markedly with that of his rival, says that's no concern of his. "The redemption isn't the championship anymore... Maybe later, but not right now".

Featuring three title fights, the latest UFC live event happening at the Honda Center on Sunday (Manila time), has many viewing it as one of the biggest fight cards to date from the organization. Woodley is a -205 betting favorite to defend his title on Saturday night against Demian Maia (+165). I think he's a f*cking great guy.

After serving a one-year suspension, his next fight was a five-round decision over Ovince St. I mean, you guys are all in the reporting business, you get to see him a lot more than I see him. "All the skills, all the things that I bring to the table". What makes Jones different and unique when compared to Conor McGregor or Ronda Rousey is that he is a heavyweight and that type of appeal has not been seen in the UFC.

Cormier needs this win more he has ever needed anything in his athletic career. I'll fight 145, 135, 125, just to get as much fights in as a I can before I have to retire too old. And what I concluded was (that) I didn't take anything seriously...

The champ expects Maia to attack early and often before they start sweating, making grips more slippery and submissions more hard. "I had always envisioned going down as the greatest of all time, and that's never left my sights".

Matthew Narvaiz is a senior sports reporter for the Daily Lobo.

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