On Saturday, April 23, the UFC hosted UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
In the night’s main event, former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones returned to the Octagon for the first time since being stripped of his title for various legal issues. Jones was expected to face current champion Daniel Cormier, but an injury forced the wrestling stalwart off the card. As such, Jones squared off with Ovince Saint Preux for an interim title.
The co-main event also featured UFC gold on the line as flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson took on unbeaten Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo. Since capturing the title in 2012, Johnson had made seven straight title defenses, including a unanimous decision win over John Dodson at UFC 191 in September. Cejudo earned his fourth straight win inside the Octagon in November, edging Brazilian Jussier da Silva.
The 12-fight event kicked off Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET with three fights streaming on UFC Fight Pass. Four additional preliminary card bouts followed at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, with the five-fight main card airing live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.
Above is live video of the event’s post-fight press conference which kicks off approximately 30 minutes after the main event between Jones and Saint Preux comes to a close (courtesy of the UFC).
Pay-Per-View Main Card
Jon Jones vs. Ovince Saint Preux – for interim light heavyweight title
Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo – for flyweight title
Anthony Pettis vs. Edson Barboza
Robert Whittaker vs. Rafael Natal
Yair Rodriguez vs. Andre Fili
Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card
Sergio Pettis vs. Chris Kelades
Danny Roberts vs. Dominique Steele
Carla Esparza vs. Juliana Lima
Glaico Franca vs. James Vick
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card
Walt Harris vs. Cody East
Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Clint Hester
Efrain Escudero vs. Kevin Lee
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