Fernando Talks UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2

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The UFC is back at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California with a stacked card and a huge grudge match bigger than the UFC has ever had. We are going to have three title matches plus two matches that promise to be brawls. The second meeting between Cormier and Jones has been anticipated for the last two and a half because of so much controversy that delayed the fight for so long, it looks like everything is OK for this fight to happen barring a last minute situation. I have a lot of fights to cover so in the great words of John McCarthy “Let’s Get It On!”

Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir is a fight between two strikers with a lot to prove in a very competitive division. This is also a fight Dana put together in case something happens to one of the fighters headlining the card to replace them with Jimi. If nothing happens we will see two fighters going for a KO or TKO. Jimi has 15 KO/TKO out of 17 wins and Volkan has 10 KO/TKO out of 14 wins. So, the chances someone is going to sleep in the first fight on the main card is very likely. Jimi is 37 and even though he is on a hot streak of back to back KO he needs to be careful as he is fighting a younger, stronger and quicker (basically a younger Jimi) opponent with a matching ground game or better. I believe he will need to mix it up this time with his strikes and takedowns because Volkan is expecting a striking exchange but I can say the same for Volkan. The winner of this fight will be the fighter with better a ground game and can mix it up with the strikes. My prediction for this one is Jimi with a 2nd round KO or TKO because I feel he has more experience and stronger punching power.

Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone is finally happening and you have no idea how long I’ve waited for this fight. This is the fight I’m most excited for on the card. Everyone is expecting or hoping for a war for the ages. I doubt it’ll happen even though I hope it does because Robbie has expressed his concern with his last couple of fights and taking so much damage. I feel Robbie game plan will be to take Donald to the ground and grind him to a win, which is a smart game plan that I think he should follow because Donald is the better striker with a sneaky ground game. Donald needs to keep the fight on its feet because that’s where he shines the most and not risk playing the ground game with Lawler who can surprise him and take the win. This fight reminds me of Donald Cerrone vs. Rick Story when Donald won in incredible fashion by TKO and I believe that’s going to happen in this fight as well. My prediction is Donald via 3rd round KO/TKO.

Cris Cyborg vs. Tonya Evinger is the first title fight of the night and like every Cyborg fight we all expect for her to win in the first or second round by TKO/KO. This is no different because she is the Mike Tyson for women’s MMA. Tonya is a veteran of the sport also being a former champion for Invicta and she will need that experience to beat Cris, if she wants to win she needs to take Cris out here comfort zone and take her to the ground to try to submit her or grind her out to win. If Tonya stands with Cris in the first two rounds she will be put to sleep. My prediction is Cris via TKO/KO in the 2nd round.

Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia is the second title fight of the night that will determine who gets the money fight with GSP. This is a classic grappler versus striker fight which most of the time leads to a boring fight but I haven’t seen that happen yet with these two fighters and they always put on a show so don’t worry about that. I’ve trained in several martial arts throughout my life and my favorite is Jiu Jitsu which Maia specializes in. He’s a master in Jiu Jitsu becoming a world champion submitting several high-level fighters that were expected to beat him. Even though he is the best striker he holds his own against other opponents but Woodley should not be the one he takes chances with because the man has power like superman in his fist just look back on the Woodley vs. Lawler fight. Tyron needs to keep it standing to win this fight he cannot risk taking this fight to the ground where Maia has destroyed so many other fighters before him. I know he is a former division 1 wrestler but the day of the fight is not the time to be cocky. I recommend Tyron to leg kick Maia as soon as the bell rings to take one of his major weapons to beat him, this will allow openings for Woodley to win the fight by KO/TKO. My prediction for this fight is Maia by split decision.

Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones is the grudge match we all have been waiting for and if you thought last time they hated each other this time it’s going to be worse. I hope it reflects in the cage and they just start swinging until someone goes down. If only my dreams come true, both Daniel and Jon are too technical based fighters to ever do that. Jon was the better last time because he could push the fight in the later rounds while showing he was the better striker and even though not being an Olympic wrestler like Daniel he was able to display he was the superior grappler. Daniel has been able to rack up experience while Jon has been away which I feel that’s what he was lacking going into the first fight. Cormier is a tough fighter he showed it in his toughest fight with Alexander Gustafsson in UFC 192. In that fight he retained the title by split decision to win a fight against someone who’s better than you in every area you need to grind and bring the pressure to him that’s what he needs to do to win. Daniel would need to resort to dirty boxing, clinches, takedowns and try to wear him down with submission attempts. Jon is one of the best fighters in the world for a reason and in his absence he has done nothing but get better in his craft without any type of injury which is why I’m so excited to see how he performs tonight. The keys in beating Cormier is to apply pressure while striking. He isn’t very good defensively and his striking isn’t up to par to Jones who knows how to use his Muay Thai in different situations in the fight. Don’t be delusional with how Jon performed in his last fight against Ovince Saint Preux in UFC 197. I say this because he was getting ready for a grappler and instead he fought a striker, two different styles of preparing especially for a five-round fight so take his last fight with a grain of salt. My prediction will be the same as the first fight Jon Jones Via Decision (unanimous).

And as always, the final weigh-in results:

UFC 214 PPV Main Event:

205 lbs.: Daniel Cormier (205) vs. Jon Jones (204.5)

UFC 214 Main Card on PPV:

170 lbs.: Tyron Woodley (170) vs. Demian Maia (170)

145 lbs.: Cristiane Justino (145) vs. Tonya Evinger (145)

170 lbs.: Donald Cerrone (170) vs. Robbie Lawler (170)

205 lbs.: Jimi Manuwa (204.5) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (205.5)

UFC 214 Undercard on Fox:

145 lbs.: Jason Knight (145.5) vs. Ricardo Lamas (145.5)

140 lbs.: Renan Barao (140) vs. Aljamain Sterling (139.5)

145 lbs.: Renato Moicano (146) vs. Brian Ortega ()

145 lbs.: Andre Fili (145) vs. Calvin Kattar (145.5)

UFC 214 Undercard on Fight Pass:

115 lbs.: Alexandra Albu (115) vs. Kailin Curran (115)

125 lbs.: Jarred Brooks (126) vs. Eric Shelton (126)

155 lbs.: Josh Burkman (155.5) vs. Drew Dober (155