Jon Jones is going to remain on the UFC 197 card, as he requested.
A bout between the former UFC light heavyweight champion and Ovince Saint Preux is the new main event April 23 in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White announced on ESPN on Saturday evening. The fight will be for the interim light heavyweight title.
Jones was supposed to challenge rival Daniel Cormier for the light heavyweight belt, but Cormier pulled out Friday with an injury. Jones, 28, had been the 205-pound champion since 2011, but had the belt stripped due to a felony hit-and-run arrest in April 2015.
On Saturday, Jones posted a video on Instagram expressing his desire to fight — against anyone — at UFC 197.
I figured this would put a few smiles on some faces today @UFC
A video posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on Apr 2, 2016 at 10:39am PDT
Jones (21-1) is the top pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. He has not fought since beating Cormier to successfully defend the belt in January 2015. Jones has been dealing with outside-the-cage legal trouble. He pleaded guilty in the hit-and-run case and was given a conditional discharge last September. The felony will be wiped clean if he completes 18 months of probation and community service time.
The UFC standout had some more issues this week, getting arrested for a probation violation after being ticketed for drag racing. But the Albuquerque judge reinstated Jones’ probation with new conditions, including anger management courses and needing permission to drive from his probation officer.
Saint Preux (19-7) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Rafael Cavalcante in February. He has won three of his last four fights with a loss to Glover Teixeira mixed in. OSP, 32, owns wins over Mauricio Rua ….View full article
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