UFC 197:
Saint Preaux vs. Jones

SAT. APR. 23, 2016
Las Vegas, Nevada.

UFC 197: Saint Preaux vs Jones


Jon Jones took the interim UFC light heavyweight title with a unanimous decision win over Ovince Saint Preux. Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson finished Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo in the first round to retain his title.

A rusty Jon Jones went the distance with Ovince Saint Preux to take the UFC interim light heavyweight title at UFC 197. Jones dominated all five rounds and almost finished OSP in the fourth round. The win sets up Jones for a title unification bout against current LHW champ Daniel Cormier.

Jones came out aggressive, landing front kicks to the knee of Saint Preux, a move many view as a dirty attack. Saint Preux tried to slow the pace and seemed to confuse Jones momentarily with his awkward movement but Jones quickly landed a brutal body kick. Jones began to cut off the cage and back Saint Preux into the fence. Jones scored again with a side kick to the gut. Jones swept OSP to the ground towards the end of the first but Saint Preux popped right back up.

Johnson vs. Cejudo.

Flyweight champ Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson destroyed Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo with knees in the clinch for a first round finish. Cejudo got a very slick takedown the first time they locked up but did little with it. Johnson bounced right back up and from there the clinch became a fatal morass Cejudo could not escape.

Pettis vs. Barboza

Edson Barboza utterly outstruck Anthony Pettis en route to a unanimous decision win. The former UFC LW champ Pettis opened up aggressive but Barboza started to connect with the left hook and that quickly changed the dynamic of the bout. After eating a spinning kick to the middle, Pettis was the first to attempt a take down but got stuffed.

Whittaker vs. Natal

Aussie Robert Whittaker edged Brazilian Rafael Natal in a wild brawl. Whittaker hurt Natal badly in the first and again in the final seconds of the third, but couldn't finish the hard-headed Sapo. Natal's leg kicks were hurtful but no match for Whittaker's combination punching to the head.

Rodriguez vs. Fili

Hot prospect Yair Rodriguez scored his first UFC finish with a spectacular flying roundhouse kick that put Andre Fili out cold early in the second round. Rodriguez' Taekwondo style and high-risk, high-reward approach to fighting makes him one of the hottest young talents in the UFC today. Rodriguez dominated the first round, mostly with grappling. Fili hung tough until he rubbed his eye after trading punches with Rodriguez. That moment of distraction was what Yair had been waiting for and he leapt in for the killshot immediately.

Saint Preaux vs. Jones

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Johnson vs. Cejudo


Pettis vs. Barboza


Whittaker vs. Natal


Rodriguez vs. Fili


*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.