ByRyan Matsunaga, writer at
MMA fan, BJJ enthusiast, and Executive Publisher at Creators Media.
Ryan Matsunaga

Last week, the rumors were confirmed when Daniel Cormier officially dropped out of his scheduled match-up with Jon Jones at UFC 197. Cormier reportedly suffered a lower leg injury that he was not able to recover from in time.

Stepping in on three weeks notice will be Ovince Saint Preux, currently ranked no.6 in the light heavyweight division. While OSP seems to be cutting the line quite a bit, UFC president Dana White has clarified that those ranked higher then him were unable to take the fight, due to medical conditions or upcoming match-ups.

Jon Jones vs. OSP will serve as the UFC 197 main event. However, the two will not be contesting the light heavyweight belt. Instead, they will fight for the interim title, with the winner eventually facing Cormier to become the undisputed champion.

Jones (21-1) has not fought since UFC 182 in January 2015, when he defeated Daniel Cormier via unanimous decision to mark an eighth consecutive title defense.

He was scheduled to defend the belt again against Anthony "Rumble" Johnson in May of that year, but was involved in a felony hit-and-run incident, and was subsequently stripped of the title and suspended from the UFC.

Ovince Saint Preux (19-7), meanwhile, is coming off of a decision win against Rafael Cavalcante.

UFC 197 will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 23.


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