UFC 214: By The Minute – California News

UFC 214: By The Minute – California News

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier headlining UFC 214 at the Honda Center.

Courtesy of Eran Ryan

Last week, one of the biggest events in MMA history came to Orange County when UFC 214 took over the Honda Center on Saturday night. But ahead of the weekend’s massive fight card — which featured three historic title fights and a handful of other headline-worthy bouts — three days of free promotional events spread some MMA love to fans across Southern California.

We were there for just about every moment of the four-day marathon, so here’s a by-the-minute account of everything that went down.

Wednesday, July 26 — UFC 214 Press Conference

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier

Courtesy of Eran Ryan

11:57 a.m. The doors to the Novo in LA haven’t even opened yet, and there’s already a mobscene of people waiting to get a good view of the press conference.
12:15 p.m. We finally got inside and seated, and the buzz in the air feels more like a long-awaited reunion concert than it does a pre-fight press conference. To be fair, most UFC events don’t get their own public press conference during fight week. Now we just have to sit through 45 minutes of promo video before anyone actually takes the stage.
1:07 The Novo isn’t exactly full, but there are more people here than pretty much any other social event on a Wednesday afternoon. We’ve got the combatants from all three title fights (light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia, and women’s featherweights Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino vs. Tonya Evinger) plus UFC President Dana White on the stage right now, so no one’s feeling too…

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