Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones UFC 200 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/9/16
Jones vs. Cormier
UFC: Saturday, July 9, 2016 (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line Cormier +260 / Jones -320 -- Over/Under: 4.5 See the Latest Odds
Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones fight Saturday night during UFC 200 at the T-Mobile Arena.
Daniel Cormier enters this fight with a 17-1 record and has won 47 percent of his fights by knockout. Cormier has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a October win over Alexander Gustafsson. Cormier is averaging 3.89 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48.6 percent. Cormier is averaging 1.85 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 39.6 percent. Cormier was supposed to fight Jones in April, but backed out due to a foot injury, so he’s had plenty of time to prepare for this fight. Cormier has been waiting for this fight for quite some time as his only loss came to Jones back in 2015. Cormier is a balanced fighter with a strong wrestling background, and he throws accurate and powerful strikes that have produced six knockouts. This will be Cormier’s fifth fight in Las Vegas.
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Jon Jones enters this fight with a 22-1 record and has won 36 percent of his fights by knockout. Jones has won his last 13 fights and is coming off a April win over Ovince Saint Preux. Jones is averaging 4.25 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 55.6 percent. Jones is averaging 2.25 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 52.1 percent. Jones doesn’t need an introduction, as he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter in UFC and hasn’t lost a fight since 2009. Bones is comfortable on the canvas, has knockout power and has proven he can win individual rounds with his last four fights ending in unanimous decisions. Even with just two fights under his belt the last two years, it doesn’t get much better than Jones on the UFC level. This will be Jones’ seventh fight in Las Vegas.
This should be a hell of a fight between two of the top fighters in the sport, but I don’t bet against Jones. It’s just that simple. In a sport where top fighters lose often and are replaced weekly, Bones has been the most consistent and usually dominates his opponent. Jones has a 12-inch reach advantage on Cormier, is bigger overall and is just the more balanced and polished fighter.
There’s just some things you don’t bet against, and in this case, Jon Jones is one of them.