Jon Jones made a successful return to the Octagon on Saturday, grabbing a unanimous decision over Ovince St. Preux in the main event at UFC 197 in Las Vegas.
Jones gained judges’ scores of 50-44, 50-45 and 50-45, and earned the interim light heavyweight title. The newly crowned interim champion, however, wasn’t interested in the hardware, instead keeping his focus on fighting current champ Daniel Cormier for the belt in his next fight.
“I don’t think I want that belt,” Jones said after being given the interim strap. “I want the real belt.”
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Jones was patient early on, applying his typical oblique kicks throughout the round. St. Preux didn’t find his range for the opening frame and wasn’t able to land a clean shot.
In the second round, OSP was able to land a right hand that had Jones reeling for a moment. Jones, however, landed a number of side kicks, one of which landed on the side of his opponent’s knee and appeared to make it buckle.
Jones was able to land a number of kicks throughout the third round. St. Preux at one point ate four consecutive kicks to the body, adding to Jones’ significant strike total.
The first takedown of the fight came in the fourth round when Jones lifted his opponent up and slammed him to the canvas. St.Preux, to his credit, was able to immediately get up, but ate two significant elbows before being taken down again. Jones finished out the round by hitting St. Preux a number of times from top position.
Jones scored another takedown in the fifth round and coasted, but the Las Vegas crowed showered the main event with ….View full article