Fight card no longer subject to change!
It was not a smooth path to UFC 197, which takes place tonight (Sat., April 23, 2016) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, but it never really is drama-free when Jon Jones graces the top of the pay-per-view (PPV) marquee.
The former Light Heavyweight champion returns from an 18-month layoff this weekend to battle Ovince Saint Preux for the interim 205-pound title. It’s not the fight fans — nor Jones — wanted, though, as division champion Daniel Cormier was forced to withdraw from the main event (read full details here) opposite Jones because of an injury sustained while training for the highly anticipated rematch.
Prior to that mess Jones once again found himself mired in another, jailed several days for a probation violation that could have derailed his participation in the event altogether. The good news? Jones was permitted to fly to “Sin City” under certain legal conditions and, perhaps more promising, hired a full-time driver to ensure his vehicular ineptitude did not land him in hot water once again.
Did we mention that he’s now drug-free, beyond motivated and looking like an absolute beast? Indeed, it’s been a wild ride.
On the opposite side of the spectrum is Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, who will defend his title once again against Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler (2008) Henry Cejudo. Johnson sits right behind Jones on the top pound-for-pound fighter list (No. 2), due in large part to his absolute dominance in the 125-pound division. “Mighty Mouse” has defended his title seven consecutive times since winning the inaugural belt in 2012. And he’s motivated to break the all-time title defense record (Anderson Silva, 10) and cement his status as one of the ….View full article
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