MMA Forethought: UFC 197
By Edward Carbajal
Jon Jones makes his return to the UFC Saturday night in an Interim Title bout against Ovince St Preux. St Preux is the replacement for Daniel Cormier who was injured preparing for this event. While McGregor’s removal from UFC 200 may have been a distraction from UFC 197, this card should not go under fight fans radar.
Even with the replacement of Cormier, Frontproof Media will attempt to give some forethought as to how the main event and co-main event might go.
Jon Jones (21-1) vs. Ovince St Preux (19-7)
The main event of Jones vs. St Preux is one of the fights that can go as expected, and then surprise you when it doesn’t. Granted that is any fight but this is particularly so in the case of Ovince St Preux. He has won almost half of his fights by KO/TKO and has done so moving backwards. His fight against Mauricio Rua was an example of where he was the underdog and did that very thing (move backwards) to win by KO. Jones is not likely to fall for that even with his layoff from fighting.
Jones is a smart fighter and it has been said many of his wins came without much preparation. That won’t be the case at UFC 197; Jones has been anxious to return to fighting and has posted many social media videos of him getting ready. Unless his legal issues are still distracting him, Jones is probably going to take this one.
Demetrious Johnson (23-2-1) vs. Henry Cejudo (10-0)
“Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson has been the number two, pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC and their flyweight champion for quite some time. Rightfully so, as he seems to get better with every fight he has had since winning the title. However, when facing the Olympic caliber wrestler in Cejudo this is not a fight that can go as easy as Johnson has made other fights seem.
Cejudo has yet to taste defeat in MMA and fights like this are when the chances of losing that “0” are highest. It should be noted that Cejudo uses his wrestling to grind out a lot of decision wins in his record and the two losses Johnson has are by decision. A tough fight to call, but this could be the night Johnson loses his belt. Cejudo could take another decision here.
Check out the where, when, and who information below:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Jon Jones vs. Ovince St Preux for LHW Interim Title
Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo for flyweight title
Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis
Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whittaker
Andre Fili vs. Yair Rodriguez
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Chris Kelades vs. Sergio Pettis
Danny Roberts vs. Dominique Steele
Juliana Lima vs. opponent TBA
Glaico Franca vs. James Vick
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Clint Hester vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
Efrain Escudero vs. Kevin Lee
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.