Cormier staggered back, and like a shark smelling blood, Jones went in for the kill. The new champion would call out Brock Lesnar in his post fight interview, and although that fight is unlikely for a number of reasons, a move to Heavyweight might be on the cards.
Jones has near enough cleaned out the division and a new challenge might further his claim to be the greatest fighter of all time. Of course, with his dominance of the Light-Heavyweight division, Jones may already be the greatest fighter to ever step foot in the octagon.
The only thing standing in the way of Jones making this beyond any doubt is himself. Whilst the Light-Heavyweight champion might be the most talented fighter we have seen, greatness is not just based on wins and losses.
Two years that could have further cemented his legacy in the prime of his career.
Many will look back on Jones as the man who failed a drugs test, a man that hit a pregnant lady with his car and drove off and a man that partied too hard for his own good. But there is no denying his talent however, and many will also look back at what he achieved in his MMA career.
It is a run that will be very hard to top and one that does not look like stopping any time soon, providing he can stay out of trouble. For Cormier, this was a devastating loss.
Embed from Getty Images It may not have been the most exciting fight in the world, but once again Tyron Woodley successfully defended his UFC Welterweight title with a decision victory against Demian Maia.
Despite numerous attempts in the opening round, the Jiu Jitsu whizz could not take the wrestler down and from there he became unstuck.
The fight did not please the thousands of fans in the Honda Center as they booed the lack of action throughout the fight.
It did not detour Woodley however, and the champion stuck to his game-plan to run away with a unanimous decision victory to retain his title again. He has successfully nullified a great striker and grappler over the course of his title reign with his defensive tactics.
It is not pretty, but it is certainly successful. Georges St-Pierre is rumoured to be the next opponent for Woodley which promises to be a completely different match-up than his previous fights.
As for Maia, this was likely his last chance at becoming a UFC champion. Despite being a great Jiu Jitsu practitioner, in modern day MMA you need more than just one discipline to be a champion.
Not many people step up to face Cyborg, and in the early exchanges it is easy to see why. Justino landed some big strikes in the opening round that stunned her opponent, but the Brazilian remained patient in her pursuit of the finish.
Evinger showed her toughness and was able to make it out of the first round despite taking a lot of punishment. Cyborg continued her assault in the second round, but was unable to land the big blow to finish the fight. Instead that would come in the third round. Cyborg was able to land a flurry of knees to send Evinger crashing to the mat and that was when the referee saw enough.
The fight was waved off and Cyborg emerged the winner via TKO. It has been a long journey for Justino to make it to the UFC title. She ahs dominated the Featherweight division for years, but the weight class was not active in the UFC until earlier this year.
Germaine De Randamie became the first champion of the weight class, but she was stripped of her crown after refusing to fight Cyborg. It was inevitable that the scariest Woman in MMA would claim what is rightfully hers however, and it just so happened to be at UFC Evinger put up a good fight but was clearly overmatched against a much bigger and stronger opponent.
This was a good entry into the UFC for her though, and she will likely head back to Bantamweight to make a run for the title there. As for Cyborg, Holly Holm or Megan Anderson are likely challengers for her title, and either fight promises fireworks.
Lawler wasted little time giving the fans what they wanted. Cerrone weathered the early storm and landed a late takedown in the first round before controlling the second stanza making the fight even heading into the final round. The pair went out fighting and embraced after the bell.
They had delivered on their promise of a great fight. All three judges would score the fight for Lawler, and the former champion is now back in the win column after losing the Welterweight crown.
He dedicated his win to his friend Matt Hughes who was involved in a near fatal accident and plans to spend time with him and his family before returning to action. There is little doubt that Cerrone will be back soon. Volken Oezdemir made quick work of Manuwa, knocking the Briton out in less than a minute in the opening main card bout of UFC As the fight started, the two engaged in the clinch quickly.
Manuwa looked to be in control as he pressed the Swiss fighter against the fence. Oezdemir would find some space to land some strikes however, and a series of left hands stunned the 37 year old.
Manuwa back-peddled to create some space, but his opponent would not let up and the British fighter was soon knocked down to the canvas. Oezdemir would follow him down to the mat and land some more punches for the finish. It is a big set back for Manuwa as this has likely seen his chance of fighting for a UFC title completely gone.
Oezdemir on the other hand is 10 years younger and looks like a serious threat at Light-Heavyweight.