Jon Jones – who has vowed to be a model champion – delivers the winning blows to defeat Daniel Cormier. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP
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Jon Jones reached the pinnacle of mixed martial arts and then fell harder than just about anyone ever had before.Jones reclaimed his UFC light heavyweight title by stopping Daniel Cormier in the third round with a vicious head kick and a finish on the ground at UFC 214, completing his rocky journey back to the top after 2 1/2 years of drama with his 14th consecutive victory.He fended off a stiff challenge from Cormier (19-2), who held the belt for most of the past two years while Jones (23-1) dealt with self-inflicted setbacks outside the cage. After 2 1/2 rounds of even, high-level striking, Jones landed a left head kick that caught Cormier leaning in. The champion staggered backward and then around the cage with Jones in pursuit, and Jones finished the fight on the ground with a series of merciless strikes.Jones was widely considered the world's top pound-for-pound mixed martial artist while he held the belt for nearly four years from 2011-15 . Cormier reigned atop the division for most of Jones' absence, but he realized his glittering title belt was affixed with an enormous asterisk.
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