Like many people predicted, Jon Jones remains the light-heavyweight champ following UFC 182, but some observers believe Daniel Cormier didn’t show everything he’s capable of.
The big narrative heading into the January 3rd fight, was that Cormier presented a real threat to Jones’ storied reign, due to in large part to his wrestling abilities. While Jones has fought and defeated accomplished wrestlers in the past, none of them had the credentials of Cormier. In addition, the former Olympian has blended his world class wrestling skills extremely well into his MMA game.
Well, at the end of the day, Jones was able to pretty much shut down the wrestling of Cormier, and the champ even took “DC” down. Jones also controlled Cormier throughout the later rounds in the clinch, and punished the light-heavyweight with short range shots.
One man who doesn’t believe Cormier had his best night is Dan Henderson, who as you know, was taken out by “DC” back in May. Henderson recently appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and when asked for his thoughts on Cormier and how the wrestling side of the bout went down, he stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“That was probably the biggest surprise of it,” Henderson said. “He didn’t really attempt too many [takedowns]. The ones he did, I don’t know. It seemed like he got in the clinch a couple of times and just kind of pushed off and backed out instead of keeping him there and working on that takedown. I don’t know. I think part of that was he ran out of gas at the end of the fight, but he should have been taking him down earlier, I thought. Jones is long and has some good balance. I’m sure it wasn’t easy to take him down.”
“”I thought DC’s wrestling would make a difference in that fight and he didn’t really utilize it the way he’s capable of,” Henderson said. “Jones did a great job defending it and putting DC on his back a couple of times.”
Cormier’s teammate at AKA, Luke Rockhold, also relayed after the bout that he didn’t believe “DC” had his best outing. Of course, one could argue that all this says more about how ridiculously good Jones is, or that it’s a combination of both.
At any rate, now it will be interesting to see how Cormier rebounds from his first pro loss, and whether he can work his way back into a rematch with Jones.
“Hendo” is set to fight Gegard Mousasi at UFC on FOX 14, January 24th, which has the potential to be an outstanding fight.