On Saturday, January 3, the UFC touched down in the fight capital of the world to bring fans around the world the first fight card of the year, UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier.

In the night’s main event, fans witnessed the highly anticipated title fight between the reigning UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones and his bitter rival Daniel Cormier. The two were originally scheduled to meet in the main event of UFC 178 before Jones pulled out with a knee injury, forcing the UFC to postpone the grudge match.

Jones (20-1), who entered the bout atop the UFC’s pound-for-pound ranking list, was coming off a one-sided beat down of Glover Teixeira in their main event title fight at UFC 172 in April.  Prior to this win, the man known as ‘Bones’ earned a hard-fought decision victory over Alexander Gustafssson in their 2013 Fight of the Year performance at UFC 165. Jones entered this bout with the most wins (14) and finishes (9 – tied with Chuck Liddell) in UFC light heavyweight history. Additionally, he had defended the title (7) more times than any other 205-pounder in history, while his 11-fight win streak was the longest active streak on the entire roster. Cormier (15-0), the former Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix champion, was coming off a third round submission victory over MMA icon Dan Henderson in their co-main event matchup at UFC 173 in May. Prior to this victory, ‘DC’ walked away with first round knockout over Patrick Cummins in the co-main event of UFC 170. This marked Cormier’s first trip to 205-pounds after five years of competing as a heavyweight. Before making the drop in weight, the former 2008 Olympic wrestling captain emerged victorious over such fighters as Roy Nelson, Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva and former UFC heavyweight champions Josh Barnett and Frank Mir.

Also appearing on the card was a pivotal lightweight battle between the surging Donald Cerrone and Myles Jury, which served as the co-main event of the night.

Cerrone (25-6), a former WEC title contender, entered this bout as one of the hottest fighters on entire organization. In his last outing, ‘Cowboy’ picked up a fast paced decision victory over former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in the co-main event of UFC 178 in September. This victory not only pushed his win streak to five straight, but also marked his fourth victory of 2014, which trailed only Neil Magney’s five wins for most in the year. Jury (15-0), a veteran of season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter, entered this fight having won all six of his bouts under the UFC banner. Prior to his matchup with Cerrone, fans saw the man known as ‘Fury’ become the first person to ever earn a TKO victory over former Pride FC legend Takanori Gomi in their co-main event matchup at UFC Fight Night 52.

The pay-per-view card kicked off at 10 p.m. ET the preliminary action preceded that on both Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

The entire weigh-in video can be found above.


MAIN CARD – Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET

Jon Jones (205 lbs) vs. Daniel Cormier (205 lbs) – For UFC light heavyweight championship
Donald Cerrone (155.5 lbs) vs. Myles Jury (155.5 lbs)
Nate Marquardt (185.5 lbs) vs. Brad Tavares (185 lbs)
Louis Gaudinot (125 lbs) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi (125 lbs)
Josh Burkman (171 lbs) vs. Hector Lombard (170.5)

PRELIMINARY CARD – FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET

Danny Castillo (156 lbs) vs. Paul Felder (156 lbs)
Marcus Brimage (136 lbs) vs. Cody Garbrandt (135.5 lbs)
Jared Cannonier (235 lbs) vs. Shawn Jordan (261 lbs)
Rodrigo Damm (156 lbs) vs. Evan Dunham (155.5)


Omari Akhmedov (170.5 lbs) vs. Mats Nilsson (171 lbs)
Alexis Dufresne (138 lbs) vs. Marion Reneau (135.5 lbs)