Jon Jones returned to the Octagon tonight, looking to make a big statement in his first fight since his suspension over a year ago. Ovince Saint Preux meanwhile was given the biggest opportunity of his fighting career so far. Not only was this his first title shot (for the interim LHW belt), but he was also facing down the #1-ranked P4P fighter in the entire UFC.
The fight got off to a slow start, with Jones taking the first three rounds, but not doing a ton of damage to his opponent. The former champ's weapon of choice seemed to be the oblique kick, which he landed at will.
OSP though answered back a number of times, as Jones seemed to struggle to find his old rhythms.
That changed in the fourth round though, with Jones landing a huge takedown that put him in control. He nearly finished the fight with ground and pound, but ran out of time.
The fifth round saw Jones land a huge takedown that had him lifting and carrying OSP to the center of the Octagon. He didn't capitalize on it though, and OSP managed to get back up to his feet, riding out the final round en route to a unanimous decision for Jon "Bones" Jones.
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