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UFC 197 Results: Jon Jones Goes the Distance With Ovince St. Preux

And now it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the return of the former light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones, who only lost his belt and went on hiatus because he’s an idiot when he drives a car. Opponent Ovince St. Preux is a late-replacement and likely just a warm body, so let’s sit back and […]

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UFC 197 start time, TV schedule for Jon Jones vs. Ovince Saint Preux

The UFC 197 start time, TV schedule is for the Jones vs. Saint Preux event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on Saturday night. The fight card is broken into three different parts, each airing on three different mediums. This post will help explain which fights are airing where and at which times.

The main card airs on pay-per-view beginning at 10 p.m. ET. It is listed as follows:

Jon Jones vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo
Anthony Pettis vs. Edson Barboza
Robert Whittaker vs. Rafael Natal
Yair Rodriguez vs. Andre Fili

The second portion of the preliminary card airs on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET. It is listed as follows:

Sergio Pettis vs. Chris Kelades
Danny Roberts vs. Dominique Steele
Carla Esparza vs. Juliana Lima
Glaico Franca vs. James Vick

The first portion of the preliminary card airs on UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET. It is listed as follows:

Walt Harris vs. Cody East
Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Clint Hester
Efrain Escudero vs. Kevin Lee

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UFC 197 fight card and lineup for Jon Jones vs Ovince Saint Preux-led PPV tonight

Fight card no longer subject to change!

It was not a smooth path to UFC 197, which takes place tonight (Sat., April 23, 2016) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, but it never really is drama-free when Jon Jones graces the top of the pay-per-view (PPV) marquee.

The former Light Heavyweight champion returns from an 18-month layoff this weekend to battle Ovince Saint Preux for the interim 205-pound title. It’s not the fight fans — nor Jones — wanted, though, as division champion Daniel Cormier was forced to withdraw from the main event (read full details here) opposite Jones because of an injury sustained while training for the highly anticipated rematch.

Prior to that mess Jones once again found himself mired in another, jailed several days for a probation violation that could have derailed his participation in the event altogether. The good news? Jones was permitted to fly to “Sin City” under certain legal conditions and, perhaps more promising, hired a full-time driver to ensure his vehicular ineptitude did not land him in hot water once again.

Did we mention that he’s now drug-free, beyond motivated and looking like an absolute beast? Indeed, it’s been a wild ride.

On the opposite side of the spectrum is Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, who will defend his title once again against Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler (2008) Henry Cejudo. Johnson sits right behind Jones on the top pound-for-pound fighter list (No. 2), due in large part to his absolute dominance in the 125-pound division. “Mighty Mouse” has defended his title seven consecutive times since winning the inaugural belt in 2012. And he’s motivated to break the all-time title defense record (Anderson Silva, 10) and cement his status as one of the most decorated UFC champions in history.

That’s not all, though. UFC 197 features an explosive Lightweight showdown between Top 10-ranked dynamic strikers Anthony Pettis and Edson Barboza, as well as surging The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): “Smashes” winner, Robert Whittaker, looking to continue his climb up the Middleweight ranks at the expense of dangerous veteran, Rafael Natal.

It’s going to be good!

Check out the complete UFC 197 line up below:

UFC 197 PPV Main Event:

205 lbs.: Jon Jones vs. Ovince Saint Preux for UFC Light Heavyweight Interim Championship (Daniel Cormier injured)

UFC 197 PPV Co-Main Event:

125 lbs.: UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo

UFC 197 PPV Main Card (10 p.m. ET):

155 lbs.: Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis
185 lbs.: Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whittaker
145 lbs.: Andre Fili vs. Yair Rodriguez

UFC 197 FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” (8 p.m. ET):

135 lbs.: Chris Kelades vs. Sergio Pettis
170 lbs.: Danny Roberts vs. Dominique Steele
115 lbs.: Juliana Lima vs. Carla Esparza
155 lbs.: Glaico Franca vs. James Vick

UFC 197 Fight Pass “Prelims” (6:30 p.m. ET):

265 lbs.: Cody East vs. Walt Harris
185 lbs.: Clint Hester vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
155 lbs.: Efrain Escudero vs. Kevin Lee

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Ovince Saint Preux vs. Patrick Cummins full fight video

At UFC on Fox 15, Ovince Saint Preux stepped inside the octagon to face Patrick Cummins following his shocking victory over Mauricio Rua. That night, Saint Preux earned his sixth UFC victory by stopping Cummins at 4:54 of the first round.

Now, Saint Preux is getting ready for the biggest fight of his life against former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at this Saturday’s UFC 197. This fight will be for the interim UFC light heavyweight title and will be the main event of the card.

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Video: Watch Jon Jones knockout Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 in EA Sports UFC simulation

Annnnnnnnnnd NEW! (Interim)

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welcomes Jon Jones (21-1) back to the Octagon with this Saturday night’s (April 23, 2016) UFC 197: “Jones vs. Saint Preux” pay-per-view (PPV) fight card, which takes place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Waiting for him will be light heavyweight replacement Ovince Saint Preux (19-7) – filling in for the injured Daniel Cormier — in the five-round headliner. The winner emerges as interim 205-pound titleholder and the next man to face “DC” to unify the straps later this year.

According to the EA Sports UFC simulator, things do not end well for “OSP.”

Annnnnnnnnd STILL!

In addition, longtime UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defends his 125-pound title against Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo in the UFC 197 co-main event. Based on the above EA Sports UFC simulation, “Mighty Mouse” retains by clear-cut decision.

Will life imitate art? We’ll find out this weekend in “Sin City.”

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 197 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

To see who else is competing on Saturday night’s UFC 197 fight card click here.

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Ovince Saint Preux isn’t sure Jon Jones respects him as an opponent

LAS VEGAS — At UFC 197 media day, Ovince Saint Preux discusses whether he believes Jon Jones respects him as an opponent, if he feels less pressure with Conor McGregor stealing all the headlines and the hole in Jones’ game that he plans on exploiting.

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UFC 197: Jon Jones vs. Ovince Saint Preux staredown

LAS VEGAS – At UFC 197 media day, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Ovince Saint Preux squared off Thursday at MGM Grand.

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Video: Jon Jones and Ovince Saint Preux preview interim title fight at UFC 197 on April 23

Before Jon Jones and Ovince Saint Preux mix it up at next weekend’s (Sat., April 23, 2016) UFC 197 pay-per-view (PPV) event, the talented Light Heavyweight’s —  who will be vying for the interim division strap — conducted a joint satellite interview during the UFC on FOX 19 telecast to preview their bout.

The fight came to be after division kingpin Daniel Cormier was forced out with a knee injury. As a result, “OSP” stepped in on short notice to face the toughest challenge of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.

A move “Bones” says he’s grateful for. As is Saint Preux, as a win over the pound-for-pound great will do wonders for his career.

The winner will get a chance to unify the title against “DC” later this year. And if all goes as planned for Jon, he may get the chance to reclaim the title in his home state of New York in November.

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UFC 197: Jon Jones accepted Ovince Saint Preux fight to make up for UFC 151 cancellation

On August 23, 2012, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UF)C made history — and not the good kind — after the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion was forced to, for the first-time ever, cancel a pay-per-view (PPV) event

That’s because Jon Jones refused to defend his Light Heavyweight title against Chael Sonnen at UFC 151 on less than 10 days notice after his original opponent, Dan Henderson, bowed out with an injury. What followed was an onslaught of criticism aimed at “Bones” and his team in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Fast forward almost four years later, and Jones found himself without an opponent, yet again, three weeks out from a pivotal title fight after current division champion Daniel Cormier was bounced from UFC 197 — which is set for April 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada — with a knee injury

This time, though, Jones welcomed all comers as late replacements, as he recently revealed on The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting) that he opted to break his protocol of accepting last-minute changes in foes as a way to make up for the whole UFC 151 debacle.

He also reveals that Ovince Saint Preux wasn’t the first guy to accept the fight.

“Originally, the UFC called me and asked about Anthony Johnson. They said that he had already accepted the fight, and they asked me if I was going to accept the fight. I told them I needed a meeting with my coaches. I had a meeting with my coaches, and the next morning I called the UFC said let’s do this thing. They said that Anthony’s camp changed their mind, I guess, since he had some dental work he needed to do. That made no sense to me whatsoever, for him to be ready at one point and then the next minute it was dental work. So I just told Lorenzo (Fertitta), whoever you need me to fight, I want to make things right for UFC 151. I want to do something for my fans, something positive. I know people who have been saving up months to make it out to Vegas for this fight. I know guys who, this is their anniversary gift or birthday gift from people, and I was like, you know what, I’ve put my fans through so much already. I need to get out there and just put it on the line. So I said I’ll fight anybody. They came up with Ovince.”

Indeed, Jones has had his fans on edge over the last two years, with one legal hiccup after another, which includes a hit-and-run accident, a few stints in jail as well as a recent public relations dilemma after he was caught on tape engaging in a heated argument with a police officer.

“Bones” and “OSP” will vie for the interim division title, with the winner earning a shot to unify the belts against Cormier later this year.

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Jon Jones accepted Ovince Saint Preux fight to ‘make things right for UFC 151′

The world around Jon Jones is never dull. That fact is more true than ever on the heels of a whirlwind week that saw Jones jailed for yet another run-in with the law, released with new restrictions on his probation, then immediately faced with a short-notice opponent swap following the injury withdrawal of UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.

The result of all that commotion? Jones will instead fight Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 on April 23 for the interim UFC light heavyweight title, although even that decision did not come easy.

“Originally, the UFC called me and asked about Anthony Johnson,” Jones explained Monday on The MMA Hour. “They said that he had already accepted the fight, and they asked me if I was going to accept the fight. I told them I needed a meeting with my coaches. I had a meeting with my coaches, and the next morning I called the UFC said let’s do this thing. They said that Anthony’s camp changed their mind, I guess, since he had some dental work he needed to do.

“That made no sense to me whatsoever, for him to be ready at one point and then the next minute it was dental work. So I just told Lorenzo (Fertitta), whoever you need me to fight, I want to make things right for UFC 151. I want to do something for my fans, something positive. I know people who have been saving up months to make it out to Vegas for this fight. I know guys who, this is their anniversary gift or birthday gift from people, and I was like, you know what, I’ve put my fans through so much already. I need to get out there and just put it on the line. So I said I’ll fight anybody. They came up with Ovince.”

The caveat of an interim title being in play against Saint Preux was a surprising addition to many observers, considering that Cormier has been an active champion and is expected to be healthy within four-to-eight weeks. Jones himself admitted that the prospect of an interim belt didn’t do much to excite him, at least not at first.

“Initially I felt like I didn’t care about the interim title,” Jones said. “In my heart, I felt as though I was the champion. I know that I’m the champion. The things that I’ve been able to do in my career, if I never fight again, I would be able to tell my kids and grandkids that I was a champion, so I feel like a champion. So when I was offered the interim title, it really didn’t do much for me the way it would for most. I want the actual thing back. That was my first feeling: oh, whoopty-doo, an interim title.

“Then I started to think about it and I thought, you know what, it would make a lot of people proud. (It would make) a lot of people proud to see me with the belt, even if it’s the interim title. It would just be something that is really positive around me, and it’s a good thing ultimately. So do I care about an interim title? Not really. But at the same time, I see the good that comes from it, so I’m grateful for that.”

Jones (21-1) is considered by many to be the greatest light heavyweight champion to ever compete in the sport of mixed martial arts. At the age of 23, he became the youngest titleholder in UFC history. He went on to defend that belt eight times against a slew of renowned names including Cormier, until being stripped of the title in 2015 following a hit-and-run accident which landed him on indefinite suspension with the UFC.

By the time his return at UFC 197 comes, Jones will have been inactive for over 15 months. Still, the 28-year-old has already been installed as a massive eight-to-one favorite to defeat Saint Preux by several oddsmakers.

“I don’t look at this as a tune-up fight,” Jones said. “I feel ready to go. To look at Ovince as a tune-up fight would be disrespectful to Ovince, who is such an underdog that I think he’s more dangerous than ever. The guy has absolutely nothing to lose. So I’m going to treat him not as a tune-up fight, but as another fight, somebody who has his own story, who has hunger and his own ambition. He has an opportunity of a lifetime, so I’m going to treat him really seriously and look at it like I’m fighting another top guy in the world. Treat him with the respect he deserves. Give him all I’ve got.”

In a way, it is remarkable that the fight is even taking place, considering that less than a week ago Jones was rotting in an Albuquerque jail cell for his latest police mishap — a traffic stop for “drag racing” that ultimately landed Jones five tickets and further YouTube infamy for body camera footage that captured a fiery argument between he and APD officer Jason Brown.

Jones ended up getting his probation reinstated with a few new stipulations: he must attend courses for driver improvement and anger management, complete 60 additional hours of community service, and is barred from driving without receiving prior permission from his probation officer.

Jones said he now has hired a full-time driver — his nutritionist Lou Giordano — and the experience behind bars is one he won’t soon forget.

“You know what? It was an opportunity to be re-humbled,” Jones said. “Honestly, it made me think about some of the things I’ve earned. My home. Just my bed mattress and my beautiful fiancé. My kids. It just made me really think about blessed I am, and it made me more grateful than ever to have freedom, to be famous, all this stuff. There’s things that I take for granted, and sometimes I just thought to myself, ‘man, I’m just sitting here in a jail cell eating Ramen noodles, eating the worst food ever, 23-hour lockdown.’

“It was just like, man, what a different way to live. To go from having so much to just nothing. A guy gave me a pen and paper, and I remember feeling so grateful for such a simple thing. A pen and paper; I was like, ‘dude, thank you so much.’ It was for a reason, man. I think God had a plan for me, and maybe I needed more humbling. I don’t know. It definitely did that.”

As for Cormier, Jones is still hopeful for a showdown against his injured rival sometime down the line. The two engaged in a lengthy and largely hilarious back-and-forth Monday after Cormier extended a hand for Saint Preux to train at the American Kickboxing Academy ahead of UFC 197. And while Jones expressed interest in settling the beef at UFC 200, he once again rebuffed any comparison between he and Cormier’s rivalry to that of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier’s legendary trio of bouts.

“Didn’t Frazier end up beating Ali once?” Jones said. “Yeah, so me and Daniel, we’ll never be Frazier and Ali. We’ll be whoever Ali used to beat twice or three times or whatever.”

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