Jon Jones got his redemption. With a massive third-round knockout of Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 214 on Saturday, the longtime light heavyweight champion took down his archrival in convincing fashion to regain the belt.
The long-awaited rematch, finally getting the pair of superstars back in the Octagon for the first time since 2015, started off just about as even as one could expect. After Jones and Cormier traded blows in the stand-up game for the first two frames, the status of the scorecards was anyone's guess.
Everything changed when they returned for the third.
Catching a leaning Cormier in a compromising position, Jones connected on a vicious head kick that left the defending champ stunned. "Bones" promptly took advantage and jumped in for the finish, getting his opponent to the ground and delivering a series of nasty blows.
The thrilling victory pushes Jones' career record to an outstanding 23-1, further cementing his case as the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time.
Jones was nothing but complimentary of Cormier after his victory, taking a step away from their bitter war of words to express admiration for who Cormier is as a man.
Then, leaving no uncertainty about the challenge he seeks next, Jones grabbed a microphone to call out Brock Lesnar.