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Headlined by a rematch of one of MMA’s best rivalries in Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, UFC 214 is the crown jewel of the organization’s summer schedule.

The roles in the light heavyweight title match have been well defined by now. Jones is playing the part of redeemed contender after getting stripped of a title for a second time in his career due to his behavior outside of the Octagon, this time for a USADA doping violation.

Cormier is playing the part of champion. The king of the division while the old king was on sabbatical, this is his chance to confirm that he is the 205-pound kingpin that the belt around his waist says he is.

The stakes are high. But it isn’t the only fight with a belt on the line on the card.

No, three belts will be on the line at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Tyron Woodley will finally fight someone not named Stephen Thompson when he puts his championship on the line against Demian Maia. The vacant women’s featherweight title is also up for grabs in a bout between Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino and Tonya Evinger.

Here’s a look at the complete fight card, viewing information and predictions for all three title fights.

Main Card: Pay-Per-View, 10 p.m. ET

Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Jon Jones—Light Heavyweight Title Fight
Tyron Woodley (c) vs. Demian Maia—Welterweight Title Fight
Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino vs. Tonya Evinger—Women’s Featherweight Title Fight
Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone—Welterweight
Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir—Light Heavyweight

Prelims: FXX, 8 p.m. ET

Ricardo Lamas vs. Jason Knight—Featherweight
Renan Barao vs. Aljamain Sterling—140-pound catchweight
Renato Moicano vs. Brian Ortega—Featherweight
Andre Fili vs. Calvin Kattar—Featherweight

Prelims: UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET

Alexandra Albu vs. Kailin Curran—Women’s Strawweight
Jarred Brooks vs. Eric Shelton—Flyweight
Josh Burkman vs. Drew Dober—Lightweight

Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier

Lost in all the animosity between Jones and Cormier is the fact that the two still present an interesting stylistic matchup.

In their previous meeting, Jones won four rounds on each of the judges’ scorecards, but DC won Round 2 on two cards and Round 3 on the other, per MMA Decisions.

In short, Cormier was able to compete with Jones in spurts, but overall, the numbers tilted in Bones’ favor:

How each fighter adjusts in the second go around is what’s fascinating about this fight.

After going 1-for-8 on takedown attempts and the only successful one coming in the final moments of the fifth round, will Cormier continue to force takedown attempts? Because the energy saved on seven failed takedown attempts can be spent in the striking department, where Cormier had some success in the last fight.

Jones—backed by Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn—is one of the smartest fighters of all-time, though. He’s going to look to improve on his methods of breaking down the champion, and he’s looking for a finish.

“Now I already know what I can do,” Jones said after admitting he had some hesitation in the first fight, per Mike Bohn and John Morgan of MMAjunkie. “I have a great blueprint I’ve been studying extensively, and the goal here is to finish the fight. I want to be the first person who makes ‘D.C.’ quit inside that octagon, and I believe with all my heart that it’s going to happen.”

Cormier may find pockets of success, but Jones remains the scariest man in MMA. With a foot-long reach advantage, the mental edge of having beat Cormier and one of the most diverse skill sets in the sport, it’s tough to pick against the former champion.

Jones is hittable, which makes him beatable, but Cormier doesn’t have the one-punch power to capitalize.

Prediction: Jones via Unanimous Decision

Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia

It’s been seven years since Maia last competed for a UFC championship. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner put on an infamously curious performance against Anderson Silva for the middleweight title in 2010. Now he gets a crack at Woodley for the middleweight belt.

Maia has certainly earned his shot. While UFC 214 Woodley briefly chased a superfight with Michael Bisping and gave Stephen Thompson an immediate rematch, Maia was busy taking out Gunnar Nelson, Matt Brown, Carlos Condit and Jorge Masvidal as part of a seven-fight win streak.

The 39-year-old has compiled his victorious run doing what he does best: wrapping up opponents like a pretzel and smothering the life out of them with a swarming grappling attack.

Three of the seven wins have come by UFC 214 way of submission, and the rest have featured multiple takedowns followed by ground dominance. Maia is admittedly a one-dimensional fighter, but that one dimension can swallow a competitor whole.

Plying that trade against Woodley will be a different ball game, though.

Woodley’s supreme athleticism, power UFC 214 and wrestling background are going to make it difficult to get him on the ground and a threat to finish the fight at any time.

The champion is good at managing distance, preferring to stay on the outside, attack in bursts and move outside as soon as that attack is finished. First-round knockout wins over Robbie Lawler and Dong Hyun Kim show the devastating power he has.

This is one of those fights where it UFC 214 will be clear who is winning. If the two are standing and trading, Woodley is having his way. If the fight hits the mat, it’s probably nearing the end. Maia will add another submission victim to his list.

Getting T-Wood down is a tall order, though. He’s only been taken down three times in his career, according to FightMetric, and Maia might find his lack of skills on the feet don’t allow him to close that distance.

Prediction: Woodley via second-round TKO

Cyborg Justino vs. Tonya Evinger

MMA fans are finally going to UFC 214 witness something that has been built up for years. No, it’s not Fedor vs. Lesnar. Cyborg will finally fight for a UFC championship.

It isn’t quite the superfight with Ronda Rousey that fans clamored for for years, but it is a chance for the most dominant female fighter in the sport to join the hierarchy of champions in the world’s biggest MMA promotion.

To join that club she’ll have to defeat Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Evinger. The 36-year-old is a gritty grappler on a 10-fight win streak of her own, and she’s not buying the Cyborg hype.

“I’m willing to take any fight,” Evinger said in Wednesday’s press conference. “I’m here to work and prove that I’m the best. … I think I’m going to put on a show and prove a lot of people wrong and hopefully come out with the win.”

Evinger isn’t the first to say something like that before facing Cyborg, though.

Since losing her debut fight, women have stepped up to the plate to take on Cyborg. For 12 years, she’s shut down every challenge in convincing fashion.

Cyborg is a whirlwind of violence and few survive to even see Round 2, much less a decision. Only two of her 17 wins have ever gone the distance.

The kind of power she has displayed even in her two UFC fights at 140 pounds is just uncommon in this division, per UFC Canada:

Evinger will try to take this fight to the ground, as if that hasn’t been tried already. The Invicta champion might be tough, but Cyborg’s power and speed are simply too much to handle. The UFC will get the result it’s looking for here.

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UFC 214 Live, Stream, Cormier vs Jones 2, PPV, Fight Card, Start Time, Main Card, Undercard, Preview and Predictions, Trends, Card Analysis, Watch, Online.In the main event of UFC 214, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will put his title on the line against former champion Jon Jones. The UFC Fight will be a rematch of his 2015 fight in which Jones, then the champion, dominated Cormier and kept the belt. What follows is a look at the statistical categories that were the main factors in the first fight and will likely play a major role on Saturday.

After several years competing in MMA, Daniel Cormier has become a well-rounded wrestler. However, in his heart, the Olympic is still a fighter. During his combined UFC / Strikeforce career, he has attempted 63 takedowns and landed 1.92 for 15 minutes of fight time. Out of the first fight against Jones, Cormier has successfully completed 52 percent of his attempts to dismount. Against Jones, he was one for eight, which is only 13 percent. To be successful, you will have to find a way to drag Jones to the ground.

Dismounting “Bones” is not an easy task. In the UFC, he has halted 94 percent of the attempts to dismantle his opponents. Other than Cormier, Alexander Gustafsson is the only other fighter to successfully topple Jones. Like Cormier, he managed only one drop in eight attempts. Unfortunately for Daniel Cormier, he will need to worry about something more than Jones’ defensive fight. In his first fight, the former champion defeated Cormier three times. During his UFC career, Jones has landed 2.25 takedowns for every 15 minutes in a 52 percent clip. Despite not having Cormier’s fighting credentials, Jones proved he could win a takedown battle in his first fight. If he can repeat that feat, he will have the advantage in this rematch.

Notable Accuracy

Jones is a very accurate striker. There are 55 percent of your important strike attempts. That is the third best accuracy among the classified heavyweights. On the other hand, Cormier lands 49 percent of his significant strike attempts, which is the seventh best among ranked heavyweights.

While Jones has the overall advantage in terms of surprising accuracy, that advantage is much more pronounced when it comes to striking distance accuracy. At a distance (that is, standing, but not in the clinch), Jones lands 47 percent of his strikes, while Cormier lands only 38 percent of his attempts away. “Bones” has a range of 84 inches, and that gives it a unique advantage over most light heavyweights when it comes to landing attacks in range. Against Daniel Cormier, you will have a 12-inch range advantage. In his first fight, Jones used this edge quite well. He landed 41 percent of his strikes away compared to only 29 percent for Cormier. If Jones is able to use his wrestling to keep the fight at bay, Cormier will be fighting an uphill battle overnight.

Impact differential

Jones’ ability to land attacks within range is not only in his surprising accuracy, but also in terms of eye-catching differential. Striking difference is the number of significant strikes landed per minute minus the number of significant strikes absorbed per minute. Jones has the second best differential among the classified heavyweights. His difference of 2.25 points difference is behind Corey Anderson (2.63). Daniel Cormier is also respectable in this category. It has the fourth highest differential at 1.71. Taking into account the notable difference average for ranked heavyweights is .75, it is fair to say that both fighters are well above average.

In his first fight, Jones dominated this category. On a per-minute basis, outlanded Cormier for 1.36 significant strikes. As expected, Jones had the edge in the distance. He landed 2.04 distance attacks per minute compared to 1.40 for Daniel Cormier. However, “Bones” also had the edge on the clinch. In that position, he achieved 1.60 significant strikes per minute, nearly doubling Cormier, who only got 0.88 significant strokes per minute. This has to be troubling for the champion. In the first fight, even when he was able to close the gap and avoid Jones’ reach, he still ended up missing the surprising exchanges. You will need to show improvements or employ new tactics to throw significant shots against Jones.

But this is what we do. We are up to the task. And if being up to the task meant making the episode this week about 20 minutes more than usual, please forgive us. First on the record, we anticipate the upcoming UFC 214 Fight welterweight title defense, Tyron Woodley, against Demian Maia. After that, we changed our analytical look to the third meeting of Cris Cyborg in the UFC, in which he takes over the short-term replacement and all the bad luck of Tonya Evinger. Among its many inextinguishable thirst, violence is the main. It must be fun, that’s what I’m saying.

But there is much more to cover! We get into the next middleweight showdown between deposed king Chris Weidman and ambitious Prince Kelvin Gastelum. A bantamweight fight between Jimmie Rivera and Thomas Almeida will also be featured on the card, and breaking that one down, as well. By the way, if you want to listen to an hour-long interview with Rivera, in which he discusses his style, training and infamous sparring sessions with TJ Dillashaw, you can find him on our Patreon.

Finally, it’s time to look back at UFC 214 Fight Glasgow. And although it seems like we could not have enough time for all that, we still have the nature of Gunnar Nelson and the long but promising development of such fighters as Cynthia Calvillo and Khalil Rountree. It’s very big, friends, but we had fun talking about so much beautiful violence. We hope you enjoy listening to it.

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And hey, we put two (or more) bonus bonus episodes every month. In addition to the aforementioned Rivera episode, UFC 214 Fight pillar Jim Miller gave a fascinating one-hour interview in which he discusses his motivation to fight, his training methods and the impact he hopes to have on the sport of MMA. For $ 3 a month you can access this and all our other bonus content, just have a look at Patreon. Or, for a treat, listen to the teaser here.