A lot of things happened at UFC 214 Saturday night. But one thing, in particular, has the whole world talking.
It isn’t Cris Cyborg finally winning her first UFC title, to go along with her Strikeforce championship and Invicta FC title, although it should be.
Cyborg defeated Tonya Evinger in brutal fashion to claim the crown jewel of women’s MMA titles.
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Also on the main card, Tyron Woodley defeated Demian Maia in a unanimous decision, Robbie Lawler def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision, and Volkan Oezdemir knocked out Jimi Manuwa in the first round.
But UFC 214 was billed as “Cormier Vs. Jones 2” and that what everyone paid to see. Depending on who you were rooting for, you weren’t disappointed.
By all accounts, Daniel Cormier was holding his own, possibly even winning until this happened with 2-1/2 minutes to go in the third.
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The aftermath of the knockout is hard to watch. It takes a number of UFC officials – including Dana White – and ref Big John McCarthy to try and not only calm Cormier down, but assist him because he clearly was concussed.
(VIDEO) This overhead camera shot stays on Daniel Cormier for a few minutes following the knockout loss to Jon Jones. Not an easy watch. pic.twitter.com/5UIUDvGGIH
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Cormier was in a bad way but Joe Rogan spoke to him before he left the Octagon (which Rogan’s since apologized for profusely and said he will never interview a KO’d fighter again) and the visibly disappointed fighter said: “I don’t know, man. I thought the fight was going well … I don’t even know what happened. They say I got kicked in the head … I’m so disappointed.”
When pressed about his rivalry with Jones, Cormier candidly replied: “If he wins both fights, there is no rivalry.”
While this was going on, Jon Jones was celebrating not only his second victory over Cormier but winning the light heavyweight title.