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Jones-Cormier rematch headlines outstanding UFC 214 card

ANAHEIM, Calif.— Jon Jones insists Daniel Cormier isn’t his rival, not even when their rematch at UFC 214 is the most anticipated mixed martial arts fight of the year.

Jones says he doesn’t even dislike Cormier, the man who has spent most of the past 2 1/2 years holding the light heavyweight title belt that Jones considers rightfully his.

FILE – In this Jan. 3, 2015, file photo, Daniel Cormier, bottom, takes down Jon Jones during their light heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 182 in Las Vegas. If Cormier wasn’t Jones’ bitter enemy, the UFC light heavyweight champion probably could could give sound advice to Jones, the troubled former champ. Instead, the steady Cormier realizes he needs a victory over his self-sabotaging archrival on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at UFC 214 to validate his own title reign. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
Everything about Jones’ behavior suggests he might have stronger feelings than he acknowledges. When they finally hit the Honda Center cage on Saturday night, he’ll have a chance to show how he really feels.

“A guy like Daniel, he has my full, undivided attention,” Jones said this week. “He says that he’s in my head, and that’s exactly where I want him to be, because he is in my head. I think about him all the time. That’s what makes me do the things I do.”

Jones and Cormier are headlining the UFC’s best show of the summer, and likely the entire year, in Orange County.

UFC 214 features three title fights and numerous rising stars. Before Jones and Cormier, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley takes on Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Demian Maia in a compelling clash of styles, and pound-for-pound women’s superstar Cris “Cyborg” Justino faces Invicta champion Tonya Evinger for the vacant featherweight title.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/258344/jones-cormier-rematch-headlines-outstanding-ufc-214-card

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