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UFC 197 predictions: Fight Pass ‘Prelims’ undercard preview, Pt. 1

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More fights are coming to Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1 this weekend (Sat., April 23, 2016) when UFC 197: “Jones vs. Saint Preux” kicks off from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg kicks off the UFC 197 “Prelims” party with the first installment of a two-part undercard preview series.

He’s back!

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones returns to action after more than one year away this Saturday evening (April 23, 2016), headlining UFC 197 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. He’ll be going for the interim title this time, though, as Ovince St. Preux has stepped up to replace Daniel Cormier in their five-round showdown.

In the pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, Demetrius Johnson looks for his eighth-straight title defense against Henry Cejudo, while Anthony Pettis takes on Edson Barboza in what’s sure to be an incredible Lightweight showdown.

The seven “Prelims” undercard matches are spread 4:3 between FOX Sports 1 and Fight Pass. Here’s what your $9.99 a month will get you on the online subscription service.

265 lbs.: Cody East vs. Walt Harris

Cody East (12-1), the latest product of Dana White’s “Lookin’ for a Fight,” enters UFC having won both the King of the Cage and Legacy FC Heavyweight titles in the past. “The Freight Train” has won nine straight since a 2012 loss to Tony Lopez.

He’s stopped 11 opponents, eight via knockout.

The first run for Walt Harris (7-4) in UFC ended after two losses in two fights, including a knockout defeat to Nikita Krylov in Jan. 2014. He returned after a knockout of D.J. Linderman as a late replacement against Soa Palelei, who pounded out “The Big Ticket” in the second round.

All seven of his wins have come by first-round knockout.

This one’s a toss up — both men ….View full article

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