The kickstarter for the UFC in 2015, UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier, is almost here but before we watch it, let’s go back in time and look at some of the fights that helped lead us to this point.

The UFC has provided us with some full fight videos from their official YouTube channel that makes it easy for our required viewing.

The Co-Main Event: Donald Cerrone vs. Myles Jury

Lightweight contender Myles Jury has had a meteoric rise in the UFC and has consistently looked like one of the best prospects in the promotion.

His potential was evident in his fight against Takanori Gomi at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs Nelson back in September.

He made quick work of Gomi in devastating fashion warranting him a step up in competition; take a look for yourself:

His opponent, Donald Cerrone, has been doing that in the UFC since 2011 and is closer to a title shot than he’s ever been before. A win over one of the UFC’s best prospects would give him that shot.

Back in July at a Fight Night card that he headlined with Jim Miller, Cerrone showed how dangerous he truly is with a brutal head kick knockout. Check it out below:

After watching those fights, how can you not be excited about Cerrone vs. Jury? The result could easily propel the winner into a title shot and both guys would certainly be threats to lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.

The Main Event: Jones vs. Cormier

The time is now. We’ve made it to one of the most anticipated fights in recent memory and definitely the most promotionally hyped video in a couple of years.

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones defends his belt against Daniel Cormier. If you are possibly waking up from a coma, have been living under a rock, or have been without internet access for the better part of the year, here are some videos to help summarize the distaste that Jones and Cormier feel for one another that took place when their fight was originally scheduled for UFC 178.

The infamous UFC 178 Press Conference brawl courtesy of MMAWeekly:

That’s just a little taste. Now from MMA Fighting, we get the video and transcript of them on ESPN before they were going to discuss the brawl that had occurred at the press conference earlier that day. They weren’t live yet, but the cameras were recording and captured UFC promotional gold.

Warning: The language is unedited and contains a good amount of profanity.

 

That’s your refresher course detailing how both Jones and Cormier truly do not like each other, to put it lightly. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s take a closer look at what both guys have done inside the Octagon.

In Cormier’s second fight since moving down to light heavyweight, he took on MMA legend Dan Henderson and absolutely dominated him. Take a look:

Jones has also dominated his fair share of mainstays in at 205 pounds such as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Rashad Evans, and the man he captured the light heavyweight championship from in Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Here is the fight which crowned him the youngest fighter ever to win a UFC belt:

On January 3rd, we finally get to see Jones and Cormier fight inside the Octagon. I, admittedly, cannot be more excited to see what happens. Be on the lookout for out official staff picks for the card.

About The Author

Blane Ferguson
Associate Editor/Senior Staff Writer

Blane can trace his MMA roots, like many others, to the finale of the first Ultimate Fighter season between Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin. After watching that incredible fight and cleaning the local Blockbuster of any recorded UFC pay-per-views they had, Blane was hooked on watching the sport and he carried that passion with him to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Blane is a four-year broadcasting veteran of ASU's campus radio including a founder and co-host of the station's combat sports show, The Final Round.