UFC 214 delivered a spectacular night and a few shocks as Jon Jones reclaimed the UFC light heavyweight title in Anaheim.

We picked "Bones" to dethrone defending champ Daniel Cormier, and fancied a submission in the later rounds.

But Jones showed just how determined he is to take things to a new level by handing Cormier the first knockout loss of his career, thanks to a huge head kick and some vicious ground strikes.

It proved to be a night of exceeded expectations and shock results, with some spectacular finishes and exciting clashes throughout the card.

The big surprise on the main card saw Swiss light heavyweight Volkan Oezdemir stun British knockout artist Jimi Manuwa in just 42 seconds, turning our knockout prediction on its head.

The one snoozer was the co-main event, as welterweight champion Tyron Woodley’s safety-first approach saw him through five comfortable rounds against Demian Maia. Don't expect to see it in any highlight montages any time soon, though.

Patience was the watch word in the third title fight of the night, too. Cristiane Justino, better known to the MMA world as Cris Cyborg, waited her moment before blitzing Tonya Evinger to claim a devastating third-round stoppage and claim the vacant UFC women's featherweight title.

Our preliminary card picks fared well, with Ricardo Lamas and Drew Dober both picking up impressive victories.

Lamas negotiated a few submission scares in the early going before finishing Knight after a wild exchange that had the crowd on its feet.

Dober impressed hugely in knocking out Josh Burkman, who had only been KO'd once in his previous 44 contests. His picture-perfect left hand sent the veteran crashing to the canvas to score the first big finish of the night and set the tone for the UFC's best big show of 2017.

But the big talking point was undoubtedly Jones, who capped off his win with a remarkable post-fight speech, finishing with a huge call-out of WWE superstar - and former UFC heavyweight champion - Brock Lesnar.

Could this fight really happen? I have a sneaking feeling it just might...

 


Vegas intel: Winners and losers

Woodley's landslide decision win proved a big loser for the sportsbooks, with few punters giving Demian Maia much of a chance as the favorite cruised to victory in the co-main event.

And Calvin Kattar's impressive pre-UFC record encouraged significant action on the biggest underdog of the night, meaning the bookies faced a bumper payout when the debutant claimed a decision win.

Cris Cyborg was also backed significantly, but with most of the money piled on the Brazilian to secure a quickfire stoppage win, her third-round finish of Tonya Evinger was deep enough into the fight to see the bookies take the W on the final result.

And while the fans may have won with Robbie Lawler and Donald Cerrone's thrilling three-round war, the punters did not, with the sportsbooks having the edge due to the fight reaching the scorecards.

The next big event sees the octagon land in Mexico City, as Sergio Pettis and Brandon Moreno do battle in a clash between two rising stars of the flyweight division on August 5.

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