By Newsroom on August 1, 2017
  • Main event: Jon Jones def. Daniel Cormier
    After arguably losing the first two rounds, Jon Jones settled in and landed a headkick right on the money. Daniel Cormier was rocked and Jones pushed forward and erupted with the finishing sequence of ground and pound to win back his light heavyweight title by TKO at 3:01 of the third round. Jones out-struck Cormier 94-57 in significant strikes and neither fighter landed a takedown. Jones extends his overall win streak to 14 in a row, now just two wins from tying Anderson Silva’s all-time mark.

    Jon Jones: “Big thank you to all MMA supporters and the fans around the world for all the love and support. Thank you to everyone who supported me throughout this long process. I’m going to do my best to be the champion that you guys deserve to have. Daniel Cormier has been one of the biggest sources of motivation I’ve had in the last two-three years and I thank him for that and for pushing me to a higher level.

    Co-main: Tyron Woodley def. Demian Maia
    Tyron Woodley stopped all 24 of Demian Maia’s takedowns and won in a landslide unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46). Woodley out-struck Maia 45-23 in what was generally not appreciated by fans in attendance. Woodley said after the fight that he fought a specific gameplan because when Maia gets your back he’s the most dangerous. Woodley defends his title for the third time.

    Tyron Woodley: “I’m willing to win fights and when it’s someone that is a freestyle fighter then I’m going to go in there and take their head off. When it’s someone that’s a jiu-jitsu master, every time I threw a hook and punch he was in on my legs. Granted, I had some NCAA Div. I All-American wrestling defense to get him off my legs, but this is my second specialist in a row. It would be silly for me to take him down and try to submit him. I went out there and did what I needed to do. For me, the exciting part was that he’s won seven fights in a row, he’s been able to take down all of his opponents, he’s been able to get on 90-percent of their backs. He didn’t take me down one time, he didn’t even come close. I wasn’t breathing hard the end of the fight, I feel amazing. I was satisfied with my performance; not everyone is going to understand what is taking place in there. It’s a chess match and I won it convincingly.


    Cris Cyborg def. Tonya Evinger
    Cris Cyborg finally wears UFC gold around here waist after taking out tough Tonya Evinger by TKO at 1:56 of the third round. Cyborg controlled the entirety of the fight but Evinger had her moments, evading strikes and looking to clinch. She even landed a takedown in the first round but Cyborg stood right up. In the end the significant strikes began to add up for Cyborg, who finished landing 83 sign. strikes to just 23 for Evinger.

    Cris Cyborg: “I don’t have the words to say. I want to thank the fans for coming here and watching me; Cyborg nation forever. A lot of things happened in my career, but before I was just crazy inside the cage and now I’m learning fighting. I have calmed down. I’m very happy to be world champion and I think this is the perfect time because I think I’m at the top of my career now. I’m really happy. Thank you to my team, to Dana White for giving me this opportunity, my friends and family. I’m going to make great fights inside this Octagon.

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