LAS VEGAS — The fans came to the MGM Grand Garden Arena to see the man many consider the greatest fighter the sport of mixed martial arts has ever known, Jon Jones (22-1), to put on the sort of display they had long remembered.
Ovince Saint Preux (19-8) was supposed to just be a warm body simply there to allow the former longtime light heavyweight champion to showcase his skills. Jones was supposed to make quick work of OSP in the main event of UFC 197 and pivot to a title rematch with Daniel Cormier.
Instead, what the fans saw was a fighter every bit as rusty as you’d usually expect from someone who had not fought in 16 months. Jones claimed the interim light heavyweight title via unanimous decision, winning on scores of 50-44 and a pair of 50-45s.
“I don’t think I want that belt,” Jones said of the interim title. “It really took me awhile to pull the trigger tonight, I feel like I used 20 percent of the technique I really know.”
The opening round set the tone for the fight, as Saint Preux clearly wasn’t about to be goaded into making any mistakes and Jones appeared a bit tentative as he tried to figure out his opponents range.
Jones managed to land some of the flashy strikes which have been his calling card for so long, with head kicks, spinning back kicks, and elbows from odd angles off the break. But OSP proved super tough in shaking off shots which would have fallen many a fighter.
This continued for the better part of three and a half rounds before Jones finally turned it on in the fourth. He landed two separate slams and began to go to work from the top, dropping elbows from full mount as ….View full article
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