It is finally upon us! The most anticipated bout in months – a light-heavyweight showdown between champ Jon Jones and challenger Daniel Cormier – will grace our television screens tonight, and with it will hopefully come all the thrills and violence we could ever want. Yes, these men hate each other. Yes, these men are the best at what they do. And yes, there is a good chance the UFC’s 205-pound belt will change hands when all is said and done. So sit down, strap in, and enjoy the ride, because FiveOunces has got you covered with live results and play-by-play.
Prelim results – UFC Fight Pass
- Marion Reneau def. Alexis Dufresne via Unanimous Decision
- Omari Akhmedov def. Mats Nilsson via Unanimous Decision
Prelim results – FOX Sports 1
- Evan Dunham def. Rodrigo Damm via Unanimous Decision
- Shawn Jordan def. Jared Cannonier via KO (Punches) at 2:57, R1
- Cody Garbrandt def. Marcus Brimage via TKO (Punches) at 4:50, R3
- Paul Felder def. Danny Castillo via KO (Spinning Backfist) at 2:09, R2
Main card results – Pay-Per-View
-Hector Lombard vs. Josh Burkman
Round 1: They may both be UFC fighters now, but you can’t ignore the fact they one of them was a Bellator champ and the other a World Series of Fighting champ. Okay, may you can ignore that. Anyway, Lombard comes out and takes the center of the cage, while Burkman plays the role of nimble striker and dances around. As expected, Lombard throws leather with considerable power, yet whatever momentum he starts to build is stifled by Burkman firing back. The round ends with neither really asserting control over the other.
Round 2: They resume where they left off, with Lombard taking the center and Burkman skirting the edge, but then they start winging bolos, with the Cuban landing hard and often and the American stopping him in his tracks with some heat of his own in the form of counter right hooks and kicks to the body. Does Burkman get wobbled? He does, and for that Lombard takes the round. However, the WSOF refugee manages to stay alive, and given Lombard’s limited gas tank, that means there’s hope for him in Round 3.
Round 3: Thirty seconds in and Lombard changes tactics, tying up with his opponent and throwing him the canvas. For the next sequence, it’s all about Lombard passing from half-guard to side-control, but Burkman avoids trouble by scrambling to his feet. He’s exhausted though, and Lombard lights him up with some dirty boxing. As the seconds tick away, Burkman eats hard kicks to the thighs and lefts and rights that probably make him question his choice of career, and when the final horn sounds there’s no doubting who took the decision.
Result: Hector Lombard def. Josh Burkman via Unanimous Decision
-Louis Gaudinot vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
Round 1: In typical “little guy” fashion, these guys waste no time buzzing about with lightning-like speed. For Gaudinot, that means finding his range and timing and using both to flit in, strike, and flit out. For Horiguchi, that means gauging distance and trying to make the American respect his counters. This goes on for the vast majority of the round, with the final 30 seconds seeing the Japanese fighter clinch and briefly wrestle Gaudinot to the ground.
Round 2: Horiguchi lands a solid right in the first 20 seconds, and he follows it up with quite a bit more confidence in his striking. He finds himself in trouble though when Gaudinot steps past his extended arm and traps him in a standing arm-triangle choke. It goes nowhere and he lets go, and Horiguchi resumes landing with authority at the American’s various openings. In the final ten seconds Horiguchi catches a kick and sweeps Gaudinot to the ground – an exclamation point on a round he clearly won.
Round 3: Gaudinot stays in the fight by throwing and landing a kick or punch here and there, but his single strikes pale in comparison to the multi-strike combo blitzes Horiguchi is constantly unloading. He does attempt to jump into a flying guillotine (his signature move), and he throws a spinning backfist with such force that when he misses he tumbles to the ground. However, Horiguchi is large and in charge throughout, and it’s no mystery who’s earned the decision when time expires.
Result: Kyoji Horiguchi def. Louis Gaudinot via Unanimous Decision
-Nate Marquardt vs. Brad Tavares
Round 1: Despite a hell of a lot of experience shared by these veterans (obviously, Marquardt possess the lion’s share of it), they come out tentative and measured, seemingly content to stay outside and throw kicks with limited risk attached to them. Three minutes in Tavares changes things up by swarming him, but Marquardt fends him off, and they resume the single-strike chess match that never wins over any fans. Round 1 probably goes to Tavares for his Octagon control, but who knows.
Round 2: The game of inches resumes, although Marquardt does mix things up with some rushes to tie-ups to takedown attempts that Tavares deftly foils. The next few minutes have him chipping away at the former King of Pancrase’s thighs with kicks, and it’s clear Marquardt is a shadow of his former self and likely won’t be able to muster much threatening offense.
Round 3: Every clinch is met with a flurry of dirty boxing, and every strike thrown is met with combo after combo. That’s the story of the final round, with Tavares never relinquishing the driver’s seat and Marquardt just struggling to stay relevant in a fight – and fight game – that has clearly passed him by. Just as with the bout preceding, the decision here is a “no brainer”.
Result: Brad Tavares def. Nate Marquardt via Unanimous Decision
-Donald Cerrone vs. Myles Jury
Round 1: Apparently these guys have somewhere else they need to be, because they come out firing right out of the gate. Cerrone throws a kick to the body in the opening seconds, and when Jury catches it and nails a takedown, “Cowboy” swivels into an omoplata. Jury tries to counter, but Cerrone follows through, pinning his shoulder to the mat and forcing Jury to give up side-control. They scramble from there, and Cerrone takes his back, locking in a body triangle. In the final minute of the round the top lightweight contender nearly snags the rear naked choke, and just before the bell he comes damn close with an armbar. Yikes.
Round 2: Jury wisely opts to keep things standing this time around, so spends his time trying to be elusive while throwing kicks to the body and jabs to the head whenever Cowboy comes into range. Regardless, Cerrone retains control, landing knees and kicks as he chases him down.
Round 3: Cerrone continues to push forward, pegging his opponent with some solid kicks before Jury clinches him up against the cage. He pushes him off, and at the midpoint of the round Cowboy blasts him with a sweet head-kick. Jury shakes off the cobwebs and keeps dancing, and somewhere in there Cerrone gets pissed off, as evidenced by him throwing him down and winding up and throwing hard kicks to the horizontal Jury’s legs.
Result: Donald Cerrone def. Myles Jury via Unanimous Decision
-Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier
Round 1: Given the ridiculous 12-inch reach advantage wielded by the champ, of course Cormier tries to get in close and make it a boxing match in a phone booth. Jones is somewhat successful at keeping him at bay with strikes from every angle, and even scores a takedown that forces the challenger to have to scramble out of trouble, but “DC” is undaunted in moving forward, and lands some good kicks and punches of his own, including an uppercut that knocks Jones’ head back. The horn sounds with them swinging away.
Round 2: Jones’ ability to hit him from 20 feet away continues to give Cormier fits, although the challenger does manage to wade in through the fire and bang the champ up. Either because of fatigue or game plan, the fight turns into a grueling clinch battle, and while Jones blasts him with elbows, DC repeatedly peppers him with uppercuts after uppercut. It is the epitome of a dog fight.
Round 3: Jones does his best to keep Cormier on the outside – and of course the inevitable happens: the infamous Jon Jones eye poke. Cormier needs only about a minute to recover, and then they’re clinching and banging it out. The champ stuffs two takedown attempts and lands a variety of kicks, punches and elbows, and in the final seconds Cormier gets him down and throws maybe three punches before the horn sounds.
Round 4: A minute into the round Jones lifts Cormier up and dumps him down twice, and it takes some hard work for the Olympic wrestler to work back to his feet. Still, he remains stuck pressed up against the cage, and when he finally does break free Jones simply ties him up and effectively neutralizes him.
Round 5: Jones has Cormier against the cage after 45 seconds, and though he manages to push away from the fence at the round’s halfway point, Jones never stops squeezing him like a teddy bear. Cormier manages to hoist the champ up and throw him down once, but that’s all he’s got, and time expires with them swinging and hating each other.
Result: Jon Jones def. Daniel Cormier via Unanimous Decision