Three current UFC champions will put their belts on the line, along with six former champions on the main UFC 200 fight card on July 9th, the main event of International Fight Week in Las Vegas. Jon Jones Vs Daniel Cormier 2 is the main event, where Jones is the top price of 4/11 and reigning, defending light-heavyweight champion Cormier is the 11/4 underdog.
Jon Jones is regarded by many as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time, certainly the greatest light heavyweight and has never lost this belt inside the octagon. Well-documented personal problems stripped him of his title, but now he is back and arrives at UFC 200 on the back of a measured win over Ovince Saint-Preux. It could be that Jones is now ready to resume his superiority over Cormier and get his belt back, but Cormier is a different fighter to the one who lost to Jones at UFC 182. Since then he has won the vacant belt by choking out Anthony Johnson and got the better of a five round war with Alexander Gustafsson at 192 last October.
These are two men who don’t like each other. Jon Jones has worked hard to redeem himself, both in the gym and with his work in the community. Many experts, and himself, feel that physically and mentally he is now on the cusp of truly propelling himself into greatness, without the social distractions of days gone by. But Cormier too feels – despite being 37 years old – that he is improving as a martial artist and he too feels he has a game plan to defeat Jones this time. His belief is unshakable.
It is a big call, but 11/4 odds about Cormier grinding out a victory might not be the worst investment in the world. He is such a hugely confident and talented athlete that it seems crazy to be calling him such an underdog, even though it is Jon Jones we’re walking about in opposition. This has all of the makings of a wonderful and fitting end to the UFC 200 fight card.