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Coach Winkeljohn: Jon Jones will finish Daniel Cormier, Alexander Gustafsson in rematches

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Jon Jones’ longtime coach, Mike Winkeljohn, guarantees the former UFC light heavyweight champion will not only show up for his UFC 214 title rematch with Daniel Cormier, but he’s going to win more impressively than the first time.

“Jon’s getting his title back – well, the title he never lost,” Winkeljohn told Submission Radio. “Yeah, he’s walking out back being the champ of the world again.”

UFC 214 takes place July 29 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) challenges champion Cormier (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) in the pay-per-view headliner, which follows prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Jones was the longest reigning 205-pound champion in UFC history prior to being stripped of the gold in April 2015 following a hit-and-run incident. His final title defense before being stripped came against Cormier at UFC 182 in January 2015, with “Bones” winning by unanimous decision in the grudge match between the heated rivals.

In the more than two years since Jones was forced to give up his title, Cormier has taken over the throne and recorded consecutive title defenses against Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC). Jones has made it clear he believes “DC” is merely keeping the belt warm for him, though, and Winkeljohn said he agrees.

Although Jones controlled the majority of the 25 minutes of action in the first match, Winkeljohn expects an even better performance in the rematch. The pair has only that one fight but have gone through nearly four full training camps for one another. The preparation and plan of attack becomes more refined each time, and Winkeljohn said that should lead to a stoppage victory for Jones.

“I think it’s a different, shorter version of the first fight but playing out the same way,” Winkeljohn said. “I think Daniel’s going to get frustrated because he can’t get a takedown. He’s going to get frustrated because he can’t hit big bombs like he’s used to, and there’s going to be some frustration on his part.

“Jon’s focus is on point. When Jon gets on top of someone on the ground, it’s always a bloody mess with elbows, et cetera. He’s got great submissions from there too, and Jon can take Daniel down like you saw last time, there’s no doubt about it. But on the way, there are a lot of strikes that Daniel’s going to run into before he gets taken down.”

If Jones is able to conquer Cormier for a second time, it would likely spell the end of the rivalry between the longtime foes. Jones would then turn his complete attention to other members of the 205-pound division, but a rematch with Gustafsson appears inevitable.

“The Mauler,” who gave Jones arguably the most competitive fight of his career in a unanimous-decision loss at UFC 165 in September 2013, is coming off a fifth-round knockout of Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109 last month. Afterward, the Swede made some harsh comments, which were not taken lightly by Jones.

Winkeljohn said that when the rematch does happen there will be some new tricks up Jones’ sleeve to allow him to get the job done more decisively than before.

“I have no problem with them doing whatever, talking the way they talk behind the scenes,” Winkeljohn said. “Whatever can get more pay-per-view sales, whatever’s going to make these guys more money and sell the fight, at the end of the day, that’s what you’ve got to do. But I definitely see it being a shorter fight and Jon finishing him.”

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Daniel Cormier: USADA's presence means Jon Jones can't cheat at UFC 214 like before

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UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was already on record accusing Jon Jones of being a life-long cheater before Alexander Gustafsson this week also said he believes “Bones” used performance-enhancing drugs before their Sept. 2013 fight at UFC 167.

In a Wednesday appearance on FS1, Cormier (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) not surprisingly sided with Gustafsson, adding that he believes Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) tried to get away with using PEDs ahead of their UFC 200 fight before it was canceled. Cormier also explained how the presence of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency will now force Jones to be clean for their July 29 rematch at UFC 214.

“You heard Alexander Gustafsson now is saying he believes that Jon was enhanced throughout his career,” Cormier said, via MMAFighting.com. “But before, we had no sanctioning body like USADA. USADA now is on top of all that, so I do believe that we will see a different fighter in Anaheim, because I do believe he’ll have to be clean this time, otherwise he’ll be caught.”

Cormier said he believes Jones, coming off a suspension at the time, wasn’t happy with his lackluster performance in a win over Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 196. As a result, that motivated Jones’ alleged actions ahead of last July’s UFC 200, according to Cormier.

“I think he fought Ovince Saint Preux clean, and he didn’t like the way he felt,” Cormier said, “and tried to do something again dirty, and he got caught at UFC 200.”

As a result, Jones was suspended for one year. He cited sexual enhancement medication as the reason for a failed drug test, though he’s never admitted to knowingly cheating.

The Cormier rematch will mark Jones’ first fight in 15 months, all the while Cormier has fought four times, all victories. That includes winning the title and defending it twice, most recently last month at UFC 210 with a submission victory that sent Anthony Johnson into retirement.

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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