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UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones came out on top in his long-awaited grudge match against Daniel Cormier this past weekend at UFC 182 with a unanimous decision victory - successfully defending his title for the eighth time in the process.

"The biggest thing I wanted to do was just out-work Daniel Cormier," Jones said in a post-fight interview. "He claims to be the king of the grind and I wanted to prove him wrong, I wanted to let him know that he can't out-work me. So the fight wasn't necessarily a beautiful fight, I think tactically I've done a lot better, I've been a lot more clean. But one thing you cannot deny is I out-grinded him, I out-worked him - as simple as that. I out-wrestled him, I out-worked him and I beat him at what he's good at. It feels good."

Leading up to the January 3rd bout between Jon and DC there was much talk regarding the Olympic-level wrestling of Cormier and whether or not Jones would be able to stand up to such an elite grappler. As it turned out, Jon exceeded all expectations in the wrestling department as he landed a total of three takedowns on Daniel while his opponent was only able to score one.

"I knew we have a strong wrestling game and I knew the wrestling community was watching this so my ego was definitely involved," Jones admitted. "I wanted to show him - an Olympic wrestler, Division I All-American - I wanted to show him that I could have done great things in the sport of wrestling if I would have stuck with it."

The hatred which built up between Jones and Cormier prior to their fight was some of the most intense emotion ever seen in the sport of MMA between two rival competitors. More often than not we see things settled, or at least die down, after a fight. But it seems in this case, such is the level of dislike shared by Daniel and the UFC 205lb champ, that the beef is still strong between the two.

"I know it's always nice to be a class-act after a victory but I really hope he's somewhere crying," Jones stated unapologetically. "And I'm sure he is. He's talked so much trash to me. If he would have won this fight, he'd be at a press conference right now being just as cocky and as arrogant as he could be. I don't like him, I still don't respect him. I'm glad he got what he got, hopefully it'll shut him up."

It may be just as well that Jones and Cormier haven't hugged and made up - at least from a promotional point-of-view - as the champ seems confident that they will indeed meet again.

"Not many people are going to be able to beat Daniel Cormier. I do believe he'll be a top-three guy for the rest of his career. I'm sure he'll earn his way back to me and we'll be going at it again."

Pro wrestling superstar-turned-MMA newcomer Phil 'CM Punk' Brooks revealed recently that he has settled on Roufusport MMA Academy as the gym which will serve as his training base ahead of his UFC debut - expected to take place some time later this year.

The gym is already home to some of the sport's most successful athletes, including One FC welterweight champ Ben Askren and UFC lightweight champ Anthony 'Showtime' Pettis. The man in charge is renowned coach Duke Roufus.

"I certainly wouldn't have picked that camp if it was going to sacrifice quality just because it's 90 minutes from my house," Brooks explained on the UFC on FOX pre-fight show. "I definitely don't feel like I'm doing that. Anthony Pettis is obviously a champion, Ben Askren is arguably one of the best wrestlers in MMA, Duke Roufus has a proven track record and a great bunch of guys - guys my size - so I think it's a perfect fit."

Brooks expects to get into the full swing of training at Roufusport this week. Although he admits there will be some nerves, he's not daunted by the magnitude of the task ahead of him.

"I think there'll be a little bit of butterflies but I think that's the process of stepping into a new gym," Punk said. "I'm the new kid in school, so those are the butterflies I'll be experiencing but I'm also very excited to start learning."

A specific date or opponent for Punk's pro MMA debut with the UFC has not yet been scheduled, but the former WWE athlete plans to consult with his new team before making any decisions regarding that matter moving forward.

"I've got a pretty good gut and I've learned to listen to my gut, but I think this is definitely not just in my hands. I think I will lean on those coaches, I will lean on Duke Roufus. They have the experience and the knowledge that they'll be imparting to me so I will definitely be listening to their opinions, for sure."

Former pro wrestler CM Punk is currently embarking on his MMA training journey in preparation for his UFC debut, which he is expected to make at some point in 2015.

He will be in attendance in Las Vegas this weekend for UFC 182, and is set to answer questions from the fans the day before Saturday night's event at a special Q&A.

Watch the full Q&A below (live at 10pm UK time).

Record-breaking UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones will put his belt on the line tomorrow night against his hated rival Daniel Cormier in the main event at UFC 182.

In this week's 'Friday Fight', we take you back to the night Jones won the title he has now held for almost four years from Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua at UFC 128 in March 2011.

Watch the full fight video below.

One of the biggest grudges in MMA history was settled (at least for the time being) on Saturday January 3rd as the UFC light heavyweight championship was contested between Daniel Cormier and reigning champ Jon Jones at UFC 182.

The early rounds between Jones and Cormier were closely contested with both men fighting in close quarters, throwing strikes inside the clinch for a good majority of the first fifteen minutes. However, once the championship rounds kicked in it became clear that the champ was taking control - taking the momentum of the fight and grinding down his bitter rival. The result was a clear decision win for Jones.

In the co-main event, top lightweight contender Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone handed rising talent Myles Jury the first official loss of his pro MMA career. Also Hector Lombard, Brad Tavares and Kyoji Horiguchi all made strong cases for themselves as contenders in their respective weight classes with clear decision wins.

See the full results below.

Main Card

  • Jon Jones def. Daniel Cormier by unanimous decision¬†
  • Donald Cerrone def. Myles Jury by unanimous decision¬†
  • Brad Tavares def. Nate Marquardt¬†by unanimous decision
  • Kyoji Horiguchi def. Louis Gaudinot by unanimous decision¬†
  • Hector Lombard de. Josh Burkman by unanimous decision¬†

Prelims

  • Paul Felder def. Danny Castillo¬†via KO (spinning backfist)¬†
  • Cody Garbrandt¬†def.¬†Marcus Brimage via KO (punches)
  • Shawn Jordan def. Jared Cannonier¬†via KO (punches)¬†
  • Evan Dunham def. Rodrigo Damm via unanimous decision¬†
  • Omari Akhmedov def. Mats Nilsson via unanimous decision¬†
  • Marion Reneau def. Alexis Dufresne¬†via unanimous decision

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier will finally settle their long-running feud in tomorrow's UFC 182 main event. Also on the card will be a battle between lightweight contenders Donald Cerrone and Myles Jury, plus welterweight Josh Burkman will make his return to the UFC against former Bellator champ Hector Lombard.

Watch the full weigh-in video below (live at midnight UK time).

UFC middleweight contenders Lyoto Machida and C.B. Dollaway are set to collide this weekend in the main event at UFC Fight Night 58.

Also, former 135lb champ Renan Barao makes his return against Mitch Gagnon in the co-main.

Watch the full weigh-in video below (live at 6pm UK time).

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