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Free fight! Watch Jimi Manuwa smoke Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 204

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is giving light heavyweight power puncher Jimi Manuwa headlining duties against The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 champion Corey Anderson for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 107 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, locked and loaded for this Sat. (March 18, 2017) inside O2 Arena in London, England.

More on how that fight came together right here.

Manuwa (16-2) rebounded from his brutal knockout loss to Anthony Johnson at UFC 191 by delivering an equally-violent finish against light heavyweight contender Ovince Saint-Preux at UFC 204 back in October.

Turning away “Overtime” may not launch him up the 205-pound rankings (see them here), but it will undoubtedly give him some much-needed momentum as he tries to gain traction in the light heavyweight title chase, something he desperately wants after a bevy of well-established veterans turned him down.

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UFC Fight Night 104 results from last night: Ovince St. Preux vs Volkan Oezdemir fight review, analysis

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight knockout artists Ovince St. Preux and Volkan Oezdemir went to war last night (Feb. 4, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 104 inside Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

Despite being ranked inside the top 10, St. Preux entered this bout in the midst of a rough patch. Having lost three of his last four, it was very important for “OSP” to put on a strong performance, as his status as a contender depended on the victory.

As a short-notice replacement, not much was expected of Oezdemir, who was largely an unknown heading into this bout. Still, the Swiss athlete had an opportunity to immediately make an impact on his division, and he came out swinging.

Oezdemir started the bout aggressively, landing some hard kicks and boxing his way into the clinch. St. Preux attempted a trip and broke away, but Oezdemir returned to kicking hard and throwing big combinations.

At about the halfway point in the round, St. Preux made some adjustments and found some success. His left kicks landed infrequently but with solid impact. Additionally, he caught Oezdemir charging in too recklessly a couple of times, countering his foe with hard shots.

Nevertheless, Oezdemir controlled the dance and took the first round, capping off a strong start with a big flurry at the bell.

St. Preux changed his approach in the second round, hunting for a double leg takedown and transitioning into a trip takedown. He put Oezdemir on the mat briefly, but the Swiss athlete scrambled up to his feet almost immediately, where he returned to battering his foe’s lead leg.

Both fighters slowed considerably by the halfway point of the round. While the activity dropped, both men seemed to land whatever they were throwing as they took turns hitting each other with heavy body shots.

The second round was definitely up in the air.

Though both men were exhausted, they actively traded tired shots. The takedown did not materialize for “OSP,” but he was generally the more active and efficient fighter, throwing combinations and quick strikes. Meanwhile, Oezdemir lunged into power shots, which affected his accuracy and output.

By the end of the round, St. Preux was on the offensive, putting his foe on the fence and digging to the body. Oezdemir hung in there and scored some hard shots, but he was really overwhelmed and exhausted by the end of the bout.

Ultimately, Oezdemir was awarded the split decision victory.

While the momentum was firmly in St. Preux’s corner at the end of the bout, Oezdemir did dominate the opening round and the second was closely contested. Both men had an argument to win, but frankly, the newcomer put on the better performance in a bout on very short notice.

Oezdemir won this bout because he was able to kick with St. Preux. His inside low kicks did damage, and Oezdemir was not pressured to close the distance. Because he could wait for his moments — often while St. Preux was off-balance — Oezdemir was able to charge with less risk of being countered.

Additionally, Oezdemir’s aggression was huge. Immediately, he denied St. Preux any time to find his range. He kept St. Preux on the defensive for a long time, and it allowed him to do damage and build an early lead.

If Oezdemir’s conditioning improves with a full camp, he could just be a contender.

As for St. Preux, this was a pretty poor performance regardless of whether you believe he earned the decision win. He never really turned it up until the third round, allowing his opponent to dictate the pace for much of the fight.

More than anything, this loss illustrates how little St. Preux has developed on a technical level. His game is reliant upon his long range kicks — which are seriously hard but often lack set up — awkward but powerful counter punches, and his ability to physically overpower opponents to the mat.

In this match up, none of those things worked consistency. Plus, St. Preux’s issue of being backed into the fence remained, as that’s where he absorbed a huge number of power punches.

Following this loss, St. Preux’s future is unclear. This was a big step back in competition, and “OSP” did not perform like a ranked foe opposite a newcomer. If he’s going to return to the title mix, he needs some strong performances quickly.

Last night, Volkan Oezdemir scraped past Ovince St. Preux for a victory in his UFC debut. How high is the Swiss athlete’s ceiling?

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Jimi Manuwa vs. Ovince Saint Preux full fight video highlights

Watch Jimi Manuwa vs. Ovince Saint Preux full fight video highlights from UFC 204′s main card above, courtesy of FOX Sports.

UFC 204: Bisping vs. Henderson 2 took place Oct. 8 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. UFC light heavyweight contenders Jimi Manuwa (16-2) and Ovince Saint Preux (19-9) faced off on the night’s main card, which aired live on pay-per-view. Catch the video highlights above.

For more on Saint Preux vs. Manuwa, check out the play-by-play courtesy of MMAFighting.com’s Luke Thomas.

Round 1: The referee in charge of the action is Leon Roberts. OSP is southpaw, circling on the outside with orthodox Manuwa stalking. They both exchange and clinch with OSP now backing Manuwa into the fence. OSP disengages,…

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Glover Teixeira vs. Ovince Saint Preux full fight video

At UFC Fight Night 73, UFC light heavyweights Glover Teixeira and Ovince Saint Preux battled in the main event of the card. That night, the Brazilian fighter defeated Saint Preux with a third round rear-naked choke.

Now, Teixeira looks to improve his wining streak to four in a row by taking on heavy hitter Anthony Johnson. The two knockout artists are scheduled to fight in the co-main event of UFC 202, which takes place on Aug. 20 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor are scheduled to headline the card in a welterweight bout.

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Jimi Manuwa vs. Ovince Saint Preux, Stefan Struve vs. Ruslan Magomedov targeted for UFC 204

UFC 204 has yet to be officially announced, but the fight is card is filling up.

The promotion is targeting Jimi Manuwa vs. Ovince Saint Preux and Stefan Struve vs. Ruslan Magomedov, MMA Fighting has learned.

Manuwa (15-2) hasn’t fought since his knockout loss to Anthony Johnson last September. He was scheduled to fight earlier this year, however, an injury sidelined him.

Saint Preux (19-8) will look to rebound following his interim light-heavyweight title loss to Jon Jones in April. He broke his left arm in that fight but is recovering well.

Meanwhile, Struve (27-8) is coming off a 16-second knockout of Antonio Silva in May, while Magomedov has won his last nine fights in a row, including his first three in the UFC.

As of right now, UFC 204 is expected to take place on Oct. 8 in England, however, it is still unclear where in England it will be held. There have also been talks of Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson 2 for the middleweight title headlining the card, but that fight has not been finalized yet either.

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UFC 197 PPV buys revealed for ‘Jones vs Saint Preux’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones came off the bench after 15 months of inactivity to capture a unanimous decision win over Ovince Saint Preux in the main event of UFC 197 last month (April 23, 2016) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the UFC 197 co-main event, Demetrious Johnson defended his title against flyweight contender Henry Cejudo, while former UFC champ Anthony Pettis dropped his third in a row after getting knocked around by fellow striker Edson Barboza.

Even with a late change to the main event, UFC 197 was not short on star power.

According to estimates obtained by MMA Fighting, “Jones vs. Saint Preux” was able to generate 375,000 to 450,000 pay-per-view (PPV) buys, which leaves Jones far behind Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey, currently the top draws in mixed martial arts (MMA).

That said, “Bones” was still able to outperform UFC 192: “Cormier vs. Gustafsson” in late 2015, as well as UFC 195: “Lawler vs. Condit” back in January. It will be interesting to see how fans respond to his rematch with “DC” at UFC 200 in July.

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UFC 197 Medical Suspensions: Jon Jones, Ovince St. Preux Facing Potential 6-Month Layoffs

Both competitors from this past Saturday’s UFC 197 headliner could be looking at an extended time on the sideline, according to medical suspensions released on Tuesday by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
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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 live stream results: ‘Jones vs Saint Preux’ play-by-play updates

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welcomes Jon Jones 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 — 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” later this year.

In the UFC 197 co-main event, longtime UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defends his 125-pound title against Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo, while Anthony Pettis and Edson Barboza collide in a lightweight dream bout.

And that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 197 fight card below, 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.

Many of our readers check-in before, during and after the televised fisticuffs to share their thoughts on all the exciting action. Therefore, feel free to leave a comment (or 197) before you split and chat with all the other Maniacs during the show — it always turns out to be a great discussion.

Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps and post-fight analysis after “Jones vs. Saint Preux.”

Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 197 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)

UFC 197 QUICK RESULTS:

Jon Jones vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo
Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis
Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whittaker — Whittaker def. Natal by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Andre Fili vs. Yair Rodriguez — Rodriguez def. Fili by KO (kick) at 2:15 of Round Two
Chris Kelades vs. Sergio Pettis — Pettis def. Kelades by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Danny Roberts vs. Dominique Steele — Roberts def. Steele by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Juliana Lima vs. Carla Esparza — Esparza def. Lima by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Glaico Franca vs. James Vick — Vick def. Franca by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Cody East vs. Walt Harris — Harris def. East by TKO (punches) at 4:18 of Round One
Clint Hester vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima — Rogerio de Lima def. Hester by submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:35 of Round One
Efrain Escudero vs. Kevin Lee — Lee def. Escudero by unanimous decision 29-28 x3)

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205 lbs.: Jon Jones vs. Ovince Saint Preux

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125 lbs.: Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo

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155 lbs.: Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis

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185 lbs.: Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whittaker

Round 1: Both men with awful music choices, as “Sapo” walked out to some carnival music and Whittaker came out to Roy Jones, Jr. Same thing, really. Bob in white, Rafa in black. Leg kick from Whittaker as Natal lands a jab. Body kick from Robert. One from Natal. And a leg kick. Whittaker with a lunging overhand that misses and Natal gets in a sneaky counter.Another leg kick from the Brazilian, a nice right hand, too. Halfway through the round and Whittaker finally lands something solid. Whittaker misses a wheel kick and Natal tries to take the present of Rob’s offered back – Whittaker spins out of the clinch and he’s out of immediate danger. Another lead leg kick from Natal. One from the Aussie. Natal gets clipped by a couple of rights and he’s on rubber legs. They’re both swinging, but Whittaker is landing the better shots. Another nice left from Whittaker.

10-9 Whittaker in a close round.

Round 2: Whittaker manages to avoid the big right hands from Natal and gets in a couple of punches. Solid leg kicks continue from Raffy. Right hook as well. Rogan is pointing out how hard these kicks are hurting Bob’s leg. Natal knocks Whittaker off-balance with a check hook, but Whittaker is up before anything can happen. Whittaker with a weak leg kick. Robert wades in with a combo, lands some of a 5-piece. Another chopping leg kick thuds on Whittaker’s thigh. Left from Whittaker. Whittaker stuffs a single-leg. Teep from the Australian. Once more to Whittaker’s left leg. Front kick this time. Whittaker misses a big left swing and then a high kick.

10-9 Natal in another really close round

Round 3:

Natal gets a kick to the twig and berries mere seconds into the round. McCarthy pauses it and makes sure Rafael is able to have kids in the future. Kick from Whittaker upstairs glances in. That right hand was a lot closer to flush. Double jab from Whittaker snaps Natal’s head back. Whittaker swings for the fences with a left and brushes Natal’s hair with it. A left a little while later connects. Another one. Halfway through this round and it’s mostly all Whittaker so far. He blocks a body kick. Haymakers thrown from both men. Right hand from Sapo. Painful leg kicks from Natal. Whittaker is gonna be limping for a week. Left from Rob, a high kick knocks Natal down.

10-9 Whittaker

Final result: Whittaker def. Natal by unanimous decision

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145 lbs.: Andre Fili vs. Yair Rodriguez

Round 1: Rodriguez in the black shorts, “Touchy” Fili in white. Yair with a leg kick to open right away. Spinning back-kick to Fili’s torso. Fili tags him with a left hand. Yair with oblique kicks and shoves Fili to the mat. Fili with full guard. Rodriguez postures up and hits some nice rights. Fili with a solid up kick. Yair comes back down again into an open half guard. Normal half guard now. Fili holding onto Rodriguez to keep himself out of danger. Now Rodriguez explodes out of that loose half guard into side control. Fili manages to kick out of that and then kick off Rodriguez. Calf kick stumbles Fili to the mat, but he’s up before Yair can get on him. Solid left from Fili knocks Rodriguez off balance. Head kick from Rodriguez and he takes down Fili at the buzzer.

10-9 Rodriguez

Round 2: Spinning backfist from Rodriguez that misses and Fili is on the back momentarily, but Rodriguez is off. Andre bullies Rodriguez to the ground off of a caught kick, but then strangely enough backs off and lets him up. Rodriguez powers into a double-leg and nails the takedown. Fili with closed full guard and holds onto him long enough for the ref to threaten them with a standup. Leg kick from Yair spins Fili around. WOW! JUMPING SWITCH KICK FLATLINES FILI! Yair Rodriguez just absolutely shrekt Andre Fili out of the blue! No follow up as Yair celebrates over a prone Fili

Final result: Yair Rodriguez defeats Andre Fili at 2:15 of Round 2 via KO (JUMPING KICK OF DEATH)

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125 lbs.: Chris Kelades vs. Sergio Pettis

Round 1: Quick jab from Pettis. Counter right lands. One minute in. Low kick from Pettis. Counter right. Kelades ties up, nothing there. Not much sustained action, just Pettis potshotting at range. Right hand and low kick from Pettis. Two minutes in. Kelades chasing him, tries a takedown and eats a 3-2. Low kick again by Pettis.  Kelades shoots in for a single-leg and takes him to the fence. Two minutes to go.

Pettis gets away from the fence and threatens an outside trip before they separate. Hard counter right by Pettis and Kelades shoots once again. They separate. Pettis catches a body kick and trips him to the mat, landing in guard. One minute to go. KElades kicks him off and stands. Check hook lands for Pettis. 10-9 Pettis.

Round 2: Right hand by Kelades as they exchange. Kelades shoots of a Pettis right hand and takes top position. Full guard for Pettis, who threatens a triangle. One minute in. Half guard for Kelades. Pettis elevates him for a butterfly sweep and takes guard. Short punches and a solid elbow from Pettis. Kelades tries to sit up, cannot do so but shoots in. Pettis cracks him with some punches while his leg is caught. Kelades pressing him against the cage after losing that takedown. Knees to the thigh from Kelades, who is working towards the back. Pettis turns to face him and presses him against the fence. two minutes to go.

They separate. Pettis lands some punches on the counter. They trade hard punches near the center. Kelades tries to shoot. Pettis catches a kick and ties up. One minute to go. Pettis separates with a head kick, then looks for a single-leg. Nothing there. Counter right lands for Pettis, then another counter combo. Kelades shoots at the bell. 10-9 Pettis.

Round 3: They get right back to trading punches, Pettis on the counter. Jabs from Pettis, counter right lands and he clinches. He separates. One minute in. Pettis hits a reactive double-leg into guard. Now half guard. Solid shots from Pettis. Kelades regains guard, can’t keep it. Kelades using heel kicks to the thighs as Pettis goes to work with short punches. Two minutes in. Kelades manages to stand and shoot. Pettis grabs the front headlock and separates. combination by Pettis. Kelades still pressing forward, shrugs off a takedown attempt. Two minutes to go.

Both land right hands and Pettis looks for a takedown. Elbows from Kelades. Kelades landing strikes in the clinch to the head and body. One minute to go. Pettis separates. Kelades shoots and finds himself in a guillotine. Looks like a ten-finger guillotine, but he lets it go. Pettis lands a right hand and gets sprawled on. Kelades tries a Peruvian necktie at the bell. 10-9 Pettis.

Final result: Pettis def. Kelades by unanimous decision

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170 lbs.: Danny Roberts vs. Dominique Steele

Round 1: Steele drops Roberts early with a right hand and sets him in guard. Roberts tosses up a triangle, only to get slammed hard. Steele passes to side control, Roberts regains half guard. One minute in. Roberts manages to get back to guard. Short punches from Steele. Roberts slips his hips out and stands, only to get clinched by Steele. Two minutes in. Knee to the body from Roberts as they separate. Body kick by the Englishman. Big overhand left rattles Steele, who shoots in for a takedown. Two minutes to go.

They jockey for position on the fence. Knees from both. Steele gets the outside position and changes levels for a takedown into guard.  One minute to go. Steele with some solid left hands. Roberts manages a technical standup, eats some hard knees as Steele looks for a takedown. Round ends in the clinch. 10-9 Steele.

Round 2: Knee to the body from Roberts. Steele shoots in off a Roberts front kick and takes him to the fence. Good knee by Steele as they separate. Counter left by Steele, Roberts goes to the body. clinch, separation. One minute in. 1-2 from Roberts, takedown attempt from Steele. Roberts circles off. Steele shoves Roberts over. They clinch, knees from Steele. Two minutes in. Front kick lands for Roberts. Low kick lands. Right hook and a left behind it rattle Steele, who manages to tie up. They trade knees as they separate. Roberts ties back up and lands a hard left hand inside. Two minutes to go.

Nice elbow by the Brit. Hard punches on the break. They each look for the Thai plum and trade knees. roberts cracks him with an elbow as he’s taken to the fence. Roberts reverses position, lands some punches on the break. One minute to go. Front kick from Roberts, then a hard left hand. Steele shoots off a Roberts front kick and takes top turtle position. Roberts stands and turns to face him. Steele with an elbow at the end. Close round. 10-9 Steele.

Round 3: Straight left from Roberts gets Steele’s attention and the latter shoots, completing a takedown. Roberts tries to flip him over, cannot do so but gets to  his knees against the fence. elbows by the Brit. Roberts makes it to his feet, Steele attached. One minute in. They separate. Steele shoots, lands a knee. Again, they separate. Roberts stalking forward and Steele shoots again. Two minutes in. Roberts makes it to his knees on the fence and drops elbows. Steele still driving into him. Two minutes to go.

The referee stands them up. Roberts walking forward, tossing out kicks. Steele shoots, stuffed but lands a hard punch as they trade bombs. Steele shoots again and gets him to his knees. One minute to go. Knees from Steele as Roberts stands. Roberts turns to face  him. 10-9 Steele.

Final result: Roberts def. Steele by unanimous decision

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115 lbs.: Juliana Lima vs. Carla Esparza

Round 1: Both women staying far apart in the early going. Lima shoots in as Esparza punches and Esparza shows some excellent defense. One minute in. Lima pressing her against the cage, lands a hard knee and series of punches that prompt a takedown from Esparza. Esparza slams her from guard as Lima looks to control. Esparza stands out of a triangle and moves to half guard. Two minutes in. Esparza working to extract her leg, looking for side control. Lima regains guard. Esparza with another slam. Two minutes to go.

Lima staying very active off her back, throwing up submissions and controlling Esparza’s posture. Good upkicks from Lima and Esparza comes back down into guard. Half guard now. One minute to go. Lima again regains guard. Esparza trying to stand over her and work her way around Lima’s legs, cannot do so before the bell. 10-9 Esparza.

Round 2: They start well out of striking range. They trade punches in the center. Esparza catches a front kick and takes Lima down into guard. One minute in. Esparza moves to half guard and drops short punches. Lima staying busy off her back as Esparza works. Upkicks from the Brazilian. Two minutes to go.

Esparza again slams her from guard. Lima’s controlling her wrists and keeping her legs high, while Esparza works to extract her arms and dissuade her with slams. One minute to go. Lima transitions from an armbar to a leglock, which she uses to sweep. Esparza stands and denies a throw. 10-9 Esparza.

Round 3: Esparza bleeding a bit. 1-2 from Esparza prompts a shimmy from Lima. Esparza counters said shimmy with another takedown into guard. One minute in. Lima again staying busy off her back but not getting anywhere close to a submission. Solid left from the former champion. Good  upkick by the Brazilian. Two minutes to go. Lima hits a technical standup and falls victim to a blast double, losing a guillotine on the way down. Lima kicks her off and stands. Counter right by Esparza lands clean and she hits a single-leg into side control. Two minutes to go.

Lima tries an inverted triangle, no luck. Short punches and elbows from Esparza. Lima tries the triangle again and this time uses it to sweep into side control. One minute to go. Esparza grabs half guard. Lima lands some short punches until the bell. 10-9 Esparza.

Final result: Esparza def. Lima by unanimous decision

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155 lbs.: Glaico Franca vs. James Vick

Round 1: Franca comes out slinging low kicks, lands a right hand and hits a takedown into side control. Full guard now. Vick scoots his way back to the fence and stands. One minute in. Franca takes him right back down. He’s staying heavy, landing short punches. Two minutes in. Vick working to stand, cannot do so. Vick sits up to threaten a guillotine, Franca flattens him back down. Vick using butterfly hooks as well. Two minutes to go.

Vick uses the fence to stand. The referee elects to separate them. Counter right from Franca, who eats an eye-poke that the ref does not acknowledge. Body kick and right hand from Vick. Vick opens up with a combination and Franca ties up. They separate and Vick lands a spinning back kick. Vick lighting Franca up with punches, but gets taken back down. 10-9 Franca.

Round 2: Before the start of the round, they bring in the doctor to look at Franca’s eye. Replays show that Vick got two whole fingers in there. Franca says he can see and they resume. Franca lands a knee to the body, eats a 1-2. Vick blasts Franca with a hard combination. good right hands from Vick. One minute in. Vick basically teeing off at this point, potshotting at range as Franca lumbers forward. Spinning back kick from the Brazilian, who shoots in and lands on top in guard.Franca just landing short blows. Two minutes in. Vick scoots his way to the fence. Get Lloyd Irvin off the screen. Knee from Franca. Vick returns to his feet. More punches from the Lloyd Irvin product. Two minutes to go.

Nice uppercut by Vick amid the combinations he’s landing. Franca comes back with a big right hand. Vick circling, retreating, keeping Franca at range and landing a steady stream of punches. One minute to go. Vick shrugs off a takedown. Vick just boxing him up. Spinning back kick by Vick before the bell. 10-9 Vick.

Round 3: Franca still advancing, still eating punches. One minute in. Franca struggling to cut off the cage. Franca reaches him with a right hand. Franca shoots, Vick gets his hips out and defends. Vick pressing him against the fence. Two minutes in. They separate. Franca whiffs on a spinning back fist. Vick keeping his jab in Franca’s face. Low kick by the Brazilian. Another. Vick blasts him with a flying knee and Franca waves him on. Two minutes to go.

Vick continues to put together combinations, eats a big right hand. Franca runs in with low kicks. One minute to go. Franca cracks him with yet another leg kick. Vick lands a front kick to the face and Franca ties up. They stay in the clinch until the bell. 10-9 Vick.

Final result: Vick def. Franca by unanimous decision

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265 lbs.: Cody East vs. Walt Harris

Round 1: Both men looking full of energy to start. Low kicks from East. Body kicks from both. 3-2 by East. Harris whiffs on a head kick. East sneaks in an uppercut. One minute in. Harris looking to jab. Body kick from East lands clean. East winning these exchanges thus far. Uppercut lands during a flurry, then an overhand right. Two minutes in. East fires a snap kick that hits groin. They trade punches in the center. Body kick from Harris and they trade bombs on the fence. Two minutes to go.

Hard counter right from East, but Harris comes back with a brutal straight left that drops East hard. East trying to survive, eating huge punches and elbows off his back. One minute to go. East not defending himself, eating punch after punch, and a diving right hand seals the deal. East is not protecting his head and the referee steps in. East protests, but can’t stand up.

Final result: Harris def. East by TKO (punches)

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205 lbs.: Clint Hester vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima

Round 1: de Lima opens with a low kick. Counter punches, low kick. Very heavy low kicks from Pezao. Hester flings a wild right hand and gets dropped with counters. Half guard for de Lima. Some short punches as Hester ties up. One minute in. Solid right hands by the Brazilian.Two minutes in. de Lima working his way to mount, landing shots. Full mount now. Hester just holding on thus far. More punches by de Lima. Two minutes to go.

Hester regains half guard, eating punches. Full guard now. One minute to go. de Lima postures up and slams home some brutal punches. Hester not doing much to defend himself. de Lima locks up an arm-triangle and Hester immediately taps.

Final result: de Lima def. Hester by submission (arm-triangle choke)

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155 lbs.: Efrain Escudero vs. Kevin Lee

Round 1: Lee looking to jab early while Escudero flicks out kicks. 1-2 lands for Lee, head kick blocked. Lee switching stance, jabbing from both sides. One minute in. Straight left lands for him. Both fire kicks. Solid low kick by Escudero. Knee to the body by Lee. Both jab, Lee tries again to go high. Escudero catches a kick and lands some knees in the clinch. Hard right hands by Lee on the exit. Two minutes in. Counter left lands for Lee as Escudero advances. Escudero scores a takedown from the rear waistlock. Lee pops up, reverses position, and grabs a rear waistlock in turn. Escudero fighting off the suplex. Two minutes to go.

Lee separates and lands a 1-2. Escudero catches a kick, lands a low kick. Solid combination from Escudero and now Lee’s on the retreat. Escudero cracks him with a right hand and dumps him to the mat. One minute to go. Lee returns to his feet and separates. Left hand by Escudero, who walks into a jab. Escudero shoots, eats elbows. 10-9 Escudero.

Round 2: Escudero opens with a low kick. Counter right by Lee, low kick exchange. Counter hook connects for Lee. Escudero hits a reactive takedown, Lee pops up. One minute in. Escudero pressing forward, lands punches. Knee from Lee. 1-2 lands. Lee shoots for a single-leg. Escudero defending against the fence. Two minutes in. Elbows from Escudero. Lee digs in a body shot and separates. Well-timed shot by Escudero off a caught kick. Short knees by Escudero. Lee answers in kind. Two minutes to go.

Escudero doing well for himself in exchanges. He puts Lee on the fence once again. They jockey for position and Escudero lands a knee. One minute to go. Lee might be slowing. 1-2 from Escudero. Flurry from the TUF champ. Lee with some stiff jabs. Left hook lands. One last uppercut in the clinch. 10-9 Escudero.

Round 3: Escudero staying busy. They both throw low kicks and Lee takes one to the nards. Good 1-2 by LEe after the pause, who seems a bit revitalized. One minute in. Escudero lands a good left hand. Escudero takes Lee to the fence. Short knees by Escudero. Lee grabs an underhook, lifts Escudero, and slams him down into guard. Two minutes in. Half guard now.Short punches by Lee, who’s working to pass. Escudero maintaining position, but not doing much to stand. Two minutes to go.

Escudero tries to use the fence, nothing doing. Lee tries to mount, then slaps on a mean-looking guillotine when Escudero turns into him. Escudero slips out and looks for a leg, after which Lee dives back down with hard strikes. Elbows showing up now. Lee ends the round on top. 10-9 Lee.

Final result: Lee def. Escudero by unanimous decision

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UFC 197 Results: Jones vs. Saint Preux

MMA Fighting has UFC 197 results for the Jones vs. Saint Preux fight card April 23, plus live coverage from Las Vegas, live blogs of all the fights, and live UFC 197 twitter updates.

In the main event, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones makes his long-awaited return to square off against Ovince Saint Preux for the interim UFC light heavyweight title.

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson aims for his eighth consecutive UFC title defense when he faces Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo in the co-main event.

Check out the UFC 197 results below.

Main card (PPV at 10 p.m. ET)
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

Undercard (FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET)

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

Undercard (UFC Fight Pass now)
Walt Harris vs. Cody East (live blog)
Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Clint Hester via sub (arm triangle) (R1, 4:35) (live blog)
Kevin Lee def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (live blog)

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