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The UFC has had quite an interesting week. Among all of the Conor McGregor antics and UFC 200 rumours, there was a little fight card going on featuring some of the promotion's most talented fighters.

I'm speaking, of course, about UFC 197.

The night didn't disappoint. A dominant Demetrious Johnson performance further supported the idea of him as the pound-for-pound king of the promotion, while the headline bout saw the long awaited return of Jon "Bones" Jones as he took on Ovince Saint Preux for the interim light heavyweight championship.

Of course, many fans were disappointed that Jones wasn't fighting current champ Daniel Cormier, but there was one man who seen that as a good thing for the newly crowned interim champion: UFC president Dana White.

UFC President Dana White.
UFC President Dana White.

Although he beat OSP via unanimous decision, Bones didn't put on the show that many fans (or even himself) were expecting to see. The performance was put down by many as ring rust, something the UFC President also believed in.

Speaking to FOX Sports 1 post-fight show, White had this to say:

I'm a firm believer in ring rust. Jon Jones looked rusty tonight and it was a really good thing for him that it was OSP tonight, the sixth-ranked guy, and not Cormier, because he was able to get some rounds under his belt, get in there and feel himself out. Now he knows what he has to do when he gets back in the gym.

Dana White certainly has a point. Although OSP is a tough opponent, he broke his arm in the second round and still managed to take Jones the distance.

Daniel Cormier v Jon Jones
Daniel Cormier v Jon Jones

The duo's bitter rivalry has led to many memorable moments, and it's clear to see there's no love lost between the MMA stars. Guest commentating for the bout, Cormier was clearly raring to go, wishing it was him in the octagon against his arch-rival.

Following his first fight back, Jon Jones now looks set to finally face off against Daniel Cormier for a title unification fight.

With UFC 200 now needing a headline event... Maybe we're heading for Jones/Cormier II live at the Grand MGM on July 9.

Check out the full interview below!


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