WATCH: Jon Jones Defeats Daniel Cormier With Devastating Head Kick
Jon Jones returned to the top of the mountain in the UFC Light Heavyweight division, last night with a devastating knock out victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214.
Jones had been absent from competition since serving a 12 month suspension for failing a drugs test in the lead up to UFC 200, when last night's bout was originally scheduled for.
Yet the year away from the octagon has clearly done nothing to slow the 30-year-old down, with Jones delivering a devastating head kick to Cormier, followed by a flurry of punches midway through the third round, to reclaim his Light Heavyweight crown.
The bout was a rematch from the pair's title fight at UFC 182 in January, 2015 which, until last night, was Cormier's only defeat inside the octagon. In the build up to the rematch, DC had revealed how much the defeat to Jones had eaten away at him, showing how desperate he was to avenge the loss.
The king is crowned... again. Image: PA
And in the opening two rounds, Cormier handled Jones effectively and tagged him with a few shots. The freestyle wrestling expert could not, however, handle Jones any more after the 30-year-old swept his left leg into Cormier's skull, before delivering blow after blow to the Light Heavyweight champion on the canvas, a beating that should have been halted long before it was by fight official John McCarthy, as the fight was thankfully stopped.
Following the fight, Jones paid tribute to Cormier, describing the 38-year-old as a 'model champion', before turning his attention to another former UFC champion, Brock Lesnar, in his post-fight interview.
"Brock Lesnar, f you want to get your ass kicked by a guy who weighs 40 pounds less than you, meet me in the octagon."
Should Jones make the step up to the heavyweight division to take on the currently retired Lesnar, it would be one of the biggest drawing fights in UFC history. Lesnar, now 40, would need to re-enter the USADA drugs testing pool first, however, following his retirement in February after a 12 month drugs suspension issued last July.
The current WWE Universal Champion would then need to serve the remaining five months of his suspension, after they were frozen due to his retirement.
Let's hope Dana White can find a way to make the fight happen.
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