In their rematch at UFC 214 Jon Jones defeated Daniel Cormier in dramatic fashion and followed it by promptly wanting to take on Brock Lesner. Jones took back the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship that was stripped from him last year with a stunning head kick on Cormier to knock out the champion in the third round. Having regained the title, he sent a strong message to the UFC: “I’m back”. Jones beat his rival at UFC 182 two and a half years ago, but had twice been stripped of his title.

“It’s such a beautiful moment. I did a lot of right things to get back in this position. Anybody at home who let yourself down, you let your family down, you let your parents down or your co-workers down, you let yourself down, it’s never over. As long as you never quit, it’s never over. I’m back here.”

Cormier said post-fight: “I thought the fight was going well, I don’t even know what happened.

“They said I got kicked in the head. Man, that was so disappointing. I guess if you win both fights, there is no rivalry.”

This was Jones’ night, but he paid tribute to his opponent.

“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.”

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