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Jon Jones hopes to escape his past by beating Daniel Cormier in UFC 214

Jon Jones hopes to escape his past by beating Daniel Cormier in UFC 214

Life has been a crash course for Jon Jones during the last 30 months.

The 30-year-old former UFC light-heavyweight champion re-emerges Saturday night at Honda Center against champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 214. Jones says the journey has toughened him, creating a better version of the organization’s former pound-for-pound No. 1 fighter.

“I’ve come to expect more out of myself – as a citizen, as a man, as an athlete – to reach a better place, a place I’ve never been,” Jones said. “I’m just loaded with good energy right now and I’m excited to take all this with me into the octagon.”

Waiting for him there will be the man who’s proven to be the most eager to remind...

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