Jon Jones reclaimed the UFC light heavyweight title by knocking out Daniel Cormier, stopping his rival with a head kick and punches at the 3:01 mark of the third round.
Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC), returning from a 15-month layoff due to an anti-doping violation, made Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) wade through dozens of kicks and punches before catching him off guard with the fight-changing shot.
“I made it back, man,” Jones said afterward.
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“I made it back, man,” Jones said afterward. “It’s such a beautiful moment. I did a lot of right things to get back in this position. Anybody at home who let yourself down, let your family down, let your peers down, it’s never over. As long as you never quit, it’s never over.”
The light heavyweight title bout was the main event of today’s UFC 214 event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.
Jones, 30, came into the bout looking for redemption, one year after a positive drug test cost him his interim title and scratched a title unifier at UFC 200. Cormier, 38, hoped to deny Jones his turnaround and set up a trilogy fight.
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After a two-year period of struggles that included a hit-and-run, positive drug tests, a stint in jail and being stripped of the UFC belt, Jon “Bones” Jones completed one of the most compelling redemption stories in combat sports history last night.
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