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Daniel Cormier Injured, Jon Jones Now Faces Ovince St Preux at UFC 197


(“For those that think it’s that easy to matchmake.” via the Jackson-Wink Twitter)

With the UFC set to hold two of the most stacked cards in promotional history in the coming weeks – UFC 198 and UFC 200 — there’s been an overwhelming feeling that shit was all but destined to hit the fan in one capacity or another. “Conor McGregor suffers another ACL tear.” “Nate Diaz shot backstage at Snoop Dogg concert.” “Fabricio Werdum retires amidst actual prostitution scandal.” These were all headlines that we could have seen coming over the weekend, because this sport is nothing if not an unpredictable circus.

What you might not expect, however, is that the bad luck that always finds its way to MMA would trickle down to an unrelated fight card, like say, UFC 197. Which, with the MMA Gods being the vengeful, sadistic asshole that they are, is of course what happened.

Thanks to a lower leg injury suffered in training, Daniel Cormier has been forced out of his UFC 197 title fight rematch with Jon Jones.

The announcement of Cormier’s withdrawal was made late Friday night. In an interview with MMAFighting published this morning, the light heavyweight champ elaborated on what exactly led him to withdraw from the fight.

“I was in practice sparring and I kicked one of my partners [with an] inside low kick and he checked it. And I fell down, and I was ‘ahh, that was painful,’ and [trainer] Bob Cook was laughing. We get kick checked all the time. Sometimes you bruise your shin, and in a couple days it passes.”

“I get up to try to spar again, and another guy did a little front kick to my shin,” Cormier continued. “And when he did it I fell to the ground again, and I said, okay, this hurts a little bit more than normal, so I’m going to probably stop sparring. So I stopped sparring.”

After undergoing a series of MRI’s, Cormier was diagnosed with a torn leg ligament and given a 4-6 week recovery time.

Not wanting to lose yet another main event to injury, the UFC quickly booked the only available top 10 light heavyweight, Ovince St. Preux, to step in on just a few weeks’ notice.

Currently 3-1 in his past 4 with high-profile wins over Rafael Cavalcante and Mauricio Rua, OSP is relishing the opportunity, telling MMAJunkie that “He’s a beast, and I’m a beast, too. We both can do some beast (expletive).”

Well said, OSP.

In the meantime, Jones and Cormier have been needling the absolute shit out of each other on Twitter, so we’ll be sure to keep an eye on that for any more “developments.”

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Daniel Cormier Injured, Jon Jones Now Faces Ovince St Preux at UFC 197


(“For those that think it’s that easy to matchmake.” via the Jackson-Wink Twitter)

With the UFC set to hold two of the most stacked cards in promotional history in the coming weeks – UFC 198 and UFC 200 — there’s been an overwhelming feeling that shit was all but destined to hit the fan in one capacity or another. “Conor McGregor suffers another ACL tear.” “Nate Diaz shot backstage at Snoop Dogg concert.” “Fabricio Werdum retires amidst actual prostitution scandal.” These were all headlines that we could have seen coming over the weekend, because this sport is nothing if not an unpredictable circus.

What you might not expect, however, is that the bad luck that always finds its way to MMA would trickle down to an unrelated fight card, like say, UFC 197. Which, with the MMA Gods being the vengeful, sadistic asshole that they are, is of course what happened.

Thanks to a lower leg injury suffered in training, Daniel Cormier has been forced out of his UFC 197 title fight rematch with Jon Jones.

The announcement of Cormier’s withdrawal was made late Friday night. In an interview with MMAFighting published this morning, the light heavyweight champ elaborated on what exactly led him to withdraw from the fight.

“I was in practice sparring and I kicked one of my partners [with an] inside low kick and he checked it. And I fell down, and I was ‘ahh, that was painful,’ and [trainer] Bob Cook was laughing. We get kick checked all the time. Sometimes you bruise your shin, and in a couple days it passes.”

“I get up to try to spar again, and another guy did a little front kick to my shin,” Cormier continued. “And when he did it I fell to the ground again, and I said, okay, this hurts a little bit more than normal, so I’m going to probably stop sparring. So I stopped sparring.”

After undergoing a series of MRI’s, Cormier was diagnosed with a torn leg ligament and given a 4-6 week recovery time.

Not wanting to lose yet another main event to injury, the UFC quickly booked the only available top 10 light heavyweight, Ovince St. Preux, to step in on just a few weeks’ notice.

Currently 3-1 in his past 4 with high-profile wins over Rafael Cavalcante and Mauricio Rua, OSP is relishing the opportunity, telling MMAJunkie that “He’s a beast, and I’m a beast, too. We both can do some beast (expletive).”

Well said, OSP.

In the meantime, Jones and Cormier have been needling the absolute shit out of each other on Twitter, so we’ll be sure to keep an eye on that for any more “developments.”

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Jon Jones calls Daniel Cormier an ‘absolute coward’ for offer to help Ovince Saint Preux

Jon Jones was not amused by Daniel Cormier’s offer to help Ovince Saint Preux prepare for UFC 197.

During an appearance Monday on The MMA Hour, Cormier extended an open invitation for Saint Preux to travel to San Jose and train — all expenses paid — at American Kickboxing Academy ahead of his UFC light heavyweight interim title fight against Jones on April 23.

While Saint Preux ultimately declined Cormier’s offer, Jones was less than pleased by the whole exchange, which he saw as an act of fearfulness on Cormier’s part.

“Daniel is an absolute coward who will never beat me,” Jones said on The MMA Hour. “And I say that not from an arrogant place. I say that from a place where, me getting my belt back, it means everything to me. That belt right now is a big part of my life. It means everything to me. Me losing to OSP should be the last thing that [Cormier] would want, because if I were to somehow lose, that means he doesn’t get to avenge his only loss.”

Jones defeated Cormier via unanimous decision in Jan. 2015 at UFC 182 following a long and heated build-up between the two rivals. As fate would have it, the fight marked the unofficial end to Jones’ reign as light heavyweight champion. He was forced to vacate the belt just months later after fleeing the scene of an automobile accident which left one pregnant victim with a broken arm.

With Jones out on indefinite suspension, Cormier rebounded by filling the void as UFC light heavyweight champion, first seizing the belt by submitting Anthony Johnson, then defending it against Alexander Gustafsson.

Jones’ absence did little to cool the rivalry though, even with Cormier now ruled out of his anticipated rematch against Jones at UFC 197 due to injury.

“His inviting OSP to his training camp shows me that he’s so grateful that he’s not fighting me in three weeks,” Jones said. “That he’s so grateful that he gets to have one more family photo-op with that belt, because he knows that he’s not going to beat me, especially now with a knee injury. He’s going to be nursing his knee to get back to 100-percent. I’m going to just be getting stronger, better, faster, more rehearsed in my gameplan to beat him.

“So, Daniel, man, he’s a mental midget. I’m not worried about Daniel. Obviously him inviting OSP shows that he’s so lucky he’ll be watching from the sidelines and not actually in that cage with me.”

Of course, that was not the end of it. Jones called Cormier a “p*ssy” in an incredulous string of follow-up tweets after the interview.

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Daniel Cormier offers to train Ovince Saint Preux for Jon Jones interim title fight at UFC 197

All expenses paid!!!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was forced to bow out of his much-anticipated rematch against Jon Jones — which was set to go down at UFC 197 on April 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada — with a leg injury.

Full details here.

As a result, Ovince Saint Preux was pegged as a late replacement, stepping in to face “Bones” for the interim title at the upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) event. A tall task for anyone, much less someone who didn’t exactly have a great performance in his last bout.

Though “DC” knows “OSP” has a chance to take Jones out, he extended an invitation to have him and his team fly out to California to prepare for the title fight at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) as a way to make sure Jones has a tough fight on his hands.

And it won’t cost Team Saint Preux a dime, as Cormier says he will take care of all expenses to make it happen.

“I think he has a shot, but there’s a chance for Ovince to have a better shot, but it’s up to him to take it. We will open our doors to him to come and train at the American Kickboxing Academy. I don’t care what happens in the future. I can’t train Ovince, but I got a guy named Cain Velasquez, I got a guy named Luke Rockhold that can train with him. I got a guy named Chi Lewis-Parry, Frank Munoz — we have everything in place where he can just take my training camp for the next three weeks. Take my training camp, we will take care of it, we will fly you and your team out here, we will put him up, give him a place to stay. No one in this gym wants to see Jon Jones not have to fight a tough fight on April 23. From my pocketbook, Jon needs to go out there and win and look great, but we want to give Ovince a chance and every guy on my team are willing to pay a part in that. I’ll be one of his coaches. Listen, no ones wants to fight Jones more than me. So if I can live through Ovince on April 23, I will live through Ovince on April 23. He can take my training camp. I thought we had, finally, the perfect mixture of what we needed for our preparations. So yes, Ovince can have my training camp, all paid for, right out of my checking account. Ovince, if you want to come to San Jose, bud, you got a team in AKA that is ready to support you.”

An offer he can’t refuse.

“OSP” has his own team down in Knoxville, Tennessee. However, with the opportunity to get all the secrets and gameplans that Cormier and Co. have in place to try to defeat Jones, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to take the offer.

And should it come to pass that Cormier and Saint Preux have to fight in a title unification bout down the line, so be it, as Daniel says he has no qualms taking out the same fighter he helped prepare in order to retain his 205-pound belt.

The ball is in your court, “OSP.”

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Latest UFC 197 odds: Jon Jones opens as betting favorite over Ovince Saint Preux

Jon Jones is the betting favorite to become the interim Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion when he faces off against Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 on April 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

That’s according to MMAOddsBreaker.com (via ESPN), who pegged “Bones” as a -675 favorite while “OSP” is listed at -450.

Jones was originally scheduled to rematch current division champion Daniel Cormier at the pay-per-view (PPV) event. However, an injury forced “DC” out of the much-anticipated title fight (details).

Enter Ovince.

The talented fighter — who recently claimed everyone in the division was ducking him — jumped at the chance to fill in on three weeks notice against the pound-for-pound great. “OSP” is fresh off a unanimous decision victory over Rafael Cavalcante just last month.

Now, he’ll look to make the most at the unexpected opportunity, as a win will not only give him an interim strap, but the right to face Cormier in a title unification match down the road.

UFC 197 will also feature a Flyweight title fight, as division king Demetrious Johnson faces Henry Cejudo in the co-main event of the evening.

For more on the upcoming PPV event click here.

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Jon Jones to Face Ovince St. Preux at UFC 197

One of the most anticipated rematches in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship was put on hold Friday when defending light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier pulled out of UFC 197 due to a leg injury.
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Ovince Saint Preux challenges UFC to get him a fight, believes light heavyweights are scared of him

Ovince Saint Preux is tired of waiting.

Sure, he picked up his 19th professional win a little over a month against Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, however, the former college football player is already anxious to get back in there.

“I get it, guys in my division are scared to fight me,” Saint Preux told MMAFighting.com, “I get that. I’m breaking people’s arms and choking people out with stuff they ain’t ever seen. But c’mon [UFC matchmaker] Joe [Silva] make someone man up and fight me.

“Gustafsson, Bader, Manuwa and Latifi don’t have fights lined up. I’d love to rematch Bader, because he’s a great fighter and he’s not afraid of anyone. If not those guys, how about Josh Barnett or Travis Browne? I know those guys in the heavyweight division aren’t afraid to throw down.”

OSP’s coach and manager Joey Zonar concedes the unanimous decision win over Cavalcante won’t be on any highlight reels, however, he said OSP severely sprained his ankle on the second kick he threw. Saint Preux has since been fully cleared by doctors to return to action and is just waiting for his name to get called.

“We asked for a fight within two weeks of his win over Feijao,” Zonar said, “and all we got from the UFC was, We’ll let you know when we have a fight.”

Since losing a one-sided decision to Ryan Bader in Aug. 2014, the 32-year-old OSP has won three of his last four fights. He was hoping to replace the injured Shogun Rua against Rashad Evans next month at UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa Bay, but that call went to Glover Teixeira instead.

“I’m just going to keep training,” he said. “I didn’t get called about the Rashad fight, though it’s basically in my hometown of Immokalee and they knew I wanted that fight. I didn’t get offered the Lil’ Nog fight even though I’ve got a win over the guy he’s fighting now and fighting Lil’ Nog would be a dream fight for me. Now I see Corey Anderson has got a fight lined up and he just gifted a win over Tom Lawlor.”

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Ovince Saint Preux challenges UFC to get him a fight, believes light heavyweights are scared of him

Ovince Saint Preux is tired of waiting.

Sure, he picked up his 19th professional win a little over a month against Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, however, the former college football player is already anxious to get back in there.

“I get it, guys in my division are scared to fight me,” Saint Preux told MMAFighting.com, “I get that. I’m breaking people’s arms and choking people out with stuff they ain’t ever seen. But c’mon [UFC matchmaker] Joe [Silva] make someone man up and fight me.

“Gustafsson, Bader, Manuwa and Latifi don’t have fights lined up. I’d love to rematch Bader, because he’s a great fighter and he’s not afraid of anyone. If not those guys, how about Josh Barnett or Travis Browne? I know those guys in the heavyweight division aren’t afraid to throw down.”

OSP’s coach and manager Joey Zonar concedes the unanimous decision win over Cavalcante won’t be on any highlight reels, however, he said OSP severely sprained his ankle on the second kick he threw. Saint Preux has since been fully cleared by doctors to return to action and is just waiting for his name to get called.

“We asked for a fight within two weeks of his win over Feijao,” Zonar said, “and all we got from the UFC was, We’ll let you know when we have a fight.”

Since losing a one-sided decision to Ryan Bader in Aug. 2014, the 32-year-old OSP has won three of his last four fights. He was hoping to replace the injured Shogun Rua against Rashad Evans next month at UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa Bay, but that call went to Glover Teixeira instead.

“I’m just going to keep training,” he said. “I didn’t get called about the Rashad fight, though it’s basically in my hometown of Immokalee and they knew I wanted that fight. I didn’t get offered the Lil’ Nog fight even though I’ve got a win over the guy he’s fighting now and fighting Lil’ Nog would be a dream fight for me. Now I see Corey Anderson has got a fight lined up and he just gifted a win over Tom Lawlor.”

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UFC Fight Night Bonuses: Teixeira, St. Preux, Nunes, Vera Pocket $50K in Nashville

Glover Teixeira, Ovince St. Preux, Amanda Nunes and Marlon Vera nabbed $ 50,000 bonuses for their performances on Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card in Nashville.
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UFC Fight Night Bonuses: Teixeira, St. Preux, Nunes, Vera Pocket $50K in Nashville

Glover Teixeira, Ovince St. Preux, Amanda Nunes and Marlon Vera nabbed $ 50,000 bonuses for their performances on Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card in Nashville.
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