It has taken just over two-and-a-half years for the Daniel Cormier-Jon Jones rematch, and it's now almost upon us.
With an injury withdrawal for Cormier and a doping suspension for Jones, the two men have had numerous opportunities to fight for the second time, but it will finally happen later this month.
During Saturday night's UFC 213 broadcast, the buildup for the June 29th UFC light-heavyweight title fight in California truly began. The UFC's promotional team have an excellent track record in their videos to promote fights, but their UFC 214 production has earned rave reviews from fighters, journalists and fans alike.
This #UFC214 promo is 🔥 #Jones v #Cormier
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) July 9, 2017
I want to watch that 5 more times right now.
The best fight on paper in UFC history deserves that kinda promo. Bravo, UFC. Home run.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 9, 2017
Chronicling Jones' recent issues outside the Octagon, intertwined with old footage of the former light-heavyweight champion. It's riveting and haunting viewing.
While Jones is the main focus of the story, the most telling line comes from his opponent Cormier.
We may see Jon become the person that he's always tried to convince us that he is. The only way he becomes that person is he loses to me July 29th.
For Jones, he says there is more to reclaiming the title if he beats the former Olympic wrestler.
I need to win this fight. I need to get my life back!
If the rematch is half as compelling in Anaheim as the promotional video is, it will be a very memorable battle.