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Morning Report: Daniel Cormier gives Thiago Santos advice on how to pull off the upset against Jon Jones

Jon Jones and Thiago Santos Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

This Saturday, Thiago Santos will get his shot at UFC gold when he takes on Jon Jones in the main event of UFC 239. It’s a tall order for Santos. Jones is among the greatest fighters of all time and comes into this fight riding a 16-fight unbeaten streak. Fortunately, Thiago Santos can get some advice on how to win the belt from a guy who has been in there with Jones twice before.

Speaking recently with MMAJunkie Radio (h/t MMANews), UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier had some words of wisdom for Santos heading into his title fight against arguably the Greatest of All Time.

“I think Santos needs to go in there and fight his fight,” Cormier said. “Don’t think about what he has to do different than everybody else, what he needs to do to be better. Just fight your fight. Don’t worry about all that other stuff. All that other stuff is just white noise. Worry about Thiago Santos and give yourself a chance.”

That’s sound advice for Santos as most people are giving “Marreta” little chance of pulling off the upset. In fact, oddsmakers have Jones listed as a -600 favorite for Saturday and Cormier agrees in principle. Cormier has fought Jones twice, losing a unanimous decision the first time and getting knocked out with a head kick in their rematch; however, that result was overturned after Jones tested positive for a banned substance. But having functionally lost to Jones twice now, Cormier knows just how difficult a night Santos has ahead of him.

“It’s a tall order for him,” Cormier said. “It’s gonna be a tough fight for him. I saw them standing face to face the other day, and I thought Santos was a little bigger. He’s not as tall as I thought he was and I think he’ll realize early how difficult it is to deal with Jones’s length.”

Jones is two inches taller than Santos and will carry an eight-inch reach advantage into their fight. Those advantages proved difficult for Cormier to overcome. That doesn’t matter to Santos though who plans to “shock the world”.

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Just a heads up, this will be the final Morning Report of this week. Thanks for reading, enjoy the fights, happy 4th, and see y’all on Monday.



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