Jon Jones is back on top of the world after knocking out Daniel Cormier at UFC 214.

Two years after he was stripped of the light-heavyweight title, it is finally back in his possession.

After two close and intriguing rounds in Anaheim, Jones landed head kick that rocked, and dropped, Cormier.

From there the result was obvious as Jones dropped to his knees to finish the job.

He landed a series of sickening elbows before referee John McCarthy stepped in to save Cormier from further punishment.

An emotional Jones said: “I made it back baby. As long as you never quit, it’s never over, it feels unbelievable. It’s a surreal moment. I love you guys so much. I know it’s not easy to root for me but I have the most loyal fans in the world. Even the haters, I love you all.”

Here are six things we learned from UFC 214…

1. Jon Jones finishes one rivalry and sets up his next

An incredible night of fights ended with Jones finishing his feud with Cormier and then calling out WWE star Brock Lesnar for a showdown in the Octagon.

Cormier looked to be dealing with Jones well early on in the fight and he had success landing several counter hooks.

Jones turned the fight on it’s head though in round three and he rocked Cormier with a big head kick before finishing him on the mat with follow up strikes before referee Herb Dean waved the fight off.

Jones celebrated emotionally in the cage after and showed great respect to Cormier calling him a great champion.

Everyone thought the night was over after Cormier’s brief post-fight interview, but then Jones grabbed the microphone one last time and laid down the challenge to Lesnar.

As has been the case with Jones often in his career, as one door closes, another opens.

2. Tyron Woodley retains but feels the wrath of the UFC fans

Tyron Woodley may have left the arena with his UFC welterweight title intact, but he didn’t win himself any fans.

The champion totally shut down all of Maia’s 23 attempts to take the fight to the mat, but his defensive strategy wasn’t what the crowd wanted to see.

Apart from dropping Maia in the second round with a stinging right hand, Woodley refused to pressure forwards and instead chose to defend the takedowns and counter with infrequent hooks to coast his way to winning all five rounds.

Woodley won the contest on all three scorecards 50-45, 49-46, 49-46, but it was a fight that very few fans will ever want to revisit.

Dana White said earlier in the week that the winner of the fight could get a big money showdown with Georges St-Pierre.

Woodley may well have lost that privilege with this performance.

3. Cris Cyborg is finally a UFC champion

It’s been a long time coming, but Cris Cyborg is finally the champion of the division that many believe the UFC created especially for her.

Cyborg totally dominated Tonya Evinger from the first bell to the last and she finished the fight with a devastating combination in third round when she sent Evinger crashing to the mat following a knee to the face.

Cyborg was a big fan favorite and there’s clearly plenty of star power that the UFC can make better use of in the future.

With a belt now strapped around her waist, it’s more than likely that Cyborg will now get the promotional backing she deserves.

4. Robbie Lawler edges Donald Cerrone in thriller

Hyped up fights can often fail to deliver on the night, but there was nothing disappointing about Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone.

Both welterweight veterans gave it everything they had in the Honda Centre and they went to war over three breathless rounds.

A tight first round was followed up by clear rounds for either man, but it was Lawler who got the nod unanimously on all three scorecards 29-28.

After witnessing such a tight, exciting, close fight, you got to believe the UFC bosses could be tempted to run it back sooner rather than later over five-rounds.

There would be very few fans disappointed if a rematch did materialize.

5. Volkan Oezdemir the man on the title scene at light-heavyweight

It was widely expected that British fighter Jimi Manuwa would pick up his third win in a row and put himself in line for a title shot, but unfortunately for him, Volkan Oezdemir didn’t read the script.

Manuwa and Oezdemir opened the pay-per-view main card and the Swiss fighter didn’t mess around as he landed a flurry of hooks coming off the cage to put Manuwa down with just 42 seconds on the clock.

With Manuwa flat on his back and vulnerable to follow up strikes, the referee stopped the fight before Oezdemir could do further damage.

Oezdemir now has three wins in the UFC in under five months and is now right in the thick of it at the top of the 205-pound division.

6. Mayweather vs. McGregor overshadowed UFC 214

UFC 214 will likely be the UFC’s biggest grossing pay-per-view of the year so far, but still the shadow of the upcoming Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather super fight loomed large.

Outside of a McGregor or a Ronda Rousey return, Jones vs Cormier II was probably the biggest fight the UFC could have put on and while it was still highly anticipated, it lacked the buzz that we all would’ve expected heading into it.

It was a fantastic night of fights, but 2017 has been a tough year from the UFC and they’re going to need to get over the hump of Mayweather vs McGregor before things can go back to being anything like normal.

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