The Power Double's Power Picks for UFC 182

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  1. MMAfanWA

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    Our picks are up for the UFC 182 main card if anyone wants a read. Here's the Jones vs Cormier breakdown. Cheers!


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    Jon Jones (c) vs Daniel Cormier (2)

    So often the bad blood between two fighters is manufactured or greatly exaggerated, but these guys aren't selling wolf tickets. A brawl, a shoe flying through the air and hitting a female reporter, threats to kill - the lead-up to this fight has been insane, but we're not going to analyse the mental game because these guys are tough as nails and we're not psychologists. If you strip back the tension and emotion, and focus on the skill sets, you have one of the best match-ups in MMA history. Cormier is a world-class wrestler with freakish strength and knockout power, but he's in for the fight of his life against pound-for-pound king, Jon Bones Jones.

    What can you say about Cormier (15-0) that hasn’t already been said? The man is, putting it simply, a beast. A two-time Olympian and former Strikeforce heavyweight champion, DC has never been taken down, let alone defeated. The fans have dubbed him Black Fedor and that speaks volumes. He ragdolled an aging Dan Henderson to earn his shot at Jon Jones, but more impressive was his ragdolling of 255-pound Josh Barnett in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix final. He couldn’t finish the Warmaster, but the way he won was nothing short of astonishing. DC will have a clear advantage over Bones when it comes to wrestling and that is an indisputable fact. The 35-year-old also has more power and pop in his hands, having done what Mark Hunt couldn't by knocking out Bigfoot. He's capable when it comes to submissions, especially if his opponent tires, but that’s an unlikely outcome here. His key to victory will be his ability to get the takedown, avoid submissions and control Bones on the ground.

    Jones (20-1) has beaten high-level wrestlers in the past, namely Ryan Bader, Rashad Evans and Chael Sonnen, but he's never dealt with someone who can slam Barnett and toss Hendo around like a grappling dummy. Despite being a brilliant wrestler himself, the champ can't let Cormier get his hands around his legs or body, because there's every chance he won't be able to stop what comes next. The clinch could be interesting, but in terms of straight wrestling and takedowns, he's got his work cut out. Luckily, he has a range of tools he can use to keep his opponent at bay, including a mammoth 31cm reach advantage. The 27-year-old reveals a new technique in every other fight, but there are a few go-to moves we're expecting to see at UFC 182. If he can keep the fight at distance, his spinning body kicks, push kicks and oblique kicks will come into play, and if Cormier gets inside, expect the elbows to fly. He's easily the most fluid, unpredictable striker DC's ever faced.

    Short of a shock knockout, this one should hinge on the takedown. We believe Cormier will get Jones down, but whether he can keep him there or avoid being submitted in the scrambles is another matter. No doubt he's been working on his BJJ at the American Kickboxing Academy and he finished Hendo with a rear-naked choke in May, but we don't know how he reacts to tight submission attempts. Jones has an underrated submission game and if he sees an opening, on the ground or standing, he'll pounce on it. Cormier will try to walk through the champ's strikes, throwing his heavy hooks and looking for takedowns, and he might just pull off the upset. But we think Jones has too many options. JONES SUB


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  2. M Raid K

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    Jones by submission... those are bold picks if anything. Cormier will pass the supposed guard of Jones immediately when the fight hit the mat.
     
  3. Cyantist

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    I'm not sure about a full blown pass since Cormier and Cain like to hang out in half and smash guys.
     
  4. Dan155

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    Jones by submission (with strong implication that it will come off his back while DC is on top)? This seems like a bizarre pick that mars an otherwise sound analysis. Outcome aside, I think Jones could fight Cormier 1,000 times and not submit him once from his back. For one, that does not remotely appear to be Jones' game. Two, Cormier is a ridiculously powerful Olympian with world-class posterior-chains strength, no neck, and short limbs.
     
  5. mma sharingan

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    DC via Gorilla rape

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    This derserves a mention.
     
  6. Reach4theSky

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    I see it two ways

    Jones by tko

    DC by decision.
     
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    What's the rational for Jones by sub?

    Where did that come from?
     
  8. Gunny

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    I'm guessing it was a combination of blind faith in Jones along with the realization that he'll be spending a lot of time on his back in this fight.
     
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    when has jones been on his back?

    no doubt DC has the skill to do it to bones, just wondering how he's done in that position before.
     
  10. ThePewp

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    Jones best bet is to weather the storm, use short elbows. Maybe when DC shoots, Jones can attempt what Travis Browne did to Josh Barnett. That is his best path to victory.

    I don't see this going 5 rounds. Cormier dominated Cummins, Bigfoot, Mir and Barnett, Jones is in deep water here.

    DC takes this by storm. I would not be shocked if he finishes in the first by TKO.
     
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    Why do you post a gif of Romero?
     
  12. MMAfanWA

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    I don't think it's out of the question, but I'd be a bit surprised if Jones subs him off his back. I can see how our last paragraph came across that way though and have changed it accordingly. The reason we've gone Jones by sub is because he's going to be looking for a finish (as always) and we think that's his best chance. But you're right, it's most likely to come in a scramble or a grappling exchange on the feet.
     
  13. estranged

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    DC by walkaway KO
     
  14. MMAfanWA

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    If DC gets the walkaway KO my needle will hit the roof
     
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    Vitor, Machida, Rampage and Bader aren't exactly the easiest guys to submit.
     

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