The main event fight at UFC 197 is not the one we wanted to see, but it's the fight that we have. Daniel Cormier dropped out due to injury. Luckily though, Jon Jones is still fighting and it’s his come back fight. Will Jon Jones be ready to take his title back and cement his place in UFC history as the greatest MMA fighter that has ever lived? Well Ovince Saint Preux has stepped up in place of Daniel Cormier and wants to derail the Jon Jones train. Let’s take a closer look at these fighters, and then I’ll make my main event fight pick for UFC 197: Jon Jones vs. Ovince Saint Preux.
The casual UFC fan probably hasn’t heard of Ovince Saint Preux. He’s flown under the radar a bit, but his ability to finish fights has punched his ticket into this match up with Jon Jones. Ovince St. Preux (OSP) is 19-7 overall and 7-2 in the UFC. He has finished 73% of his fights, 9 by KO/TKO and 5 by submission.
OSP is a powerful fighter, making it past the first round has been quite the challenge for his opponents. He brings heavy, powerful chingasos to the fight game. His bones, versus an opponents dome is a bad combination. Jon Jones has been able to avoid being knocked out in a fight, but will this be the fight where it happens?
Jon Jones is already a UFC and MMA legend. He’s beat everyone that has stepped in the cage to face him. He has an overall record of 21-1. That one loss was a DQ early in his career where he dropped an illegal elbow on his opponent. He would have one that fight. Anyway, Jones is a natural athlete that has adopted MMA as his sport of choice. His natural athletic ability mixed in with great coaching has turned him into an MMA fighting machine!
Jon Jones has no known weaknesses. When he faces so called strikers, he out strikes them. When he faces wrestlers, he out wrestles them. When he’s faced good jiu jitsu fighters, he chokes them out. Jones has incredible ability! His only losses have been outside of the cage. He’s gotten into some legal trouble, and it cost him the UFC belt.
This fight is Jon Jones comeback fight. Will he be the same fighter he was before he was stripped of the belt? I think so. Now, he might even be more dangerous. Now, he might be more focused and ready to prove to the world he’s absolutely serious about being the best MMA fighter ever.
Look for Jon Jones to start slow. Jon Jones knows OSP has nothing to lose and there’s danger in that. Jones will allow OSP to burn off some energy and power. Then slowly but surely, Jones will turn up the heat. Jones will begin to use his superior technique to outclass OSP in every aspect of MMA. I doubt this fight will make it past the fourth round and the finish will showcase Jones’s technique, power and strength.
Check out the UFC video, Countdown to UFC 197: Jon Jones vs Ovince Saint Preux
Who do you think will get the big “W” at UFC 197: Jon Jones vs Ovince Saint Preux?