Six Crucial Reasons To Watch UFC 197

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ufc 182 weigh-ins1. The Return Of Jonny “Bones” Jones

Jon Jones is back, and this time he’s the healthiest he’s ever been in his entire career. Jones is coming off an over yearlong layoff after being suspended by the UFC and stripped of his light heavyweight championship due to a number of extremely poor personal choices.

Now Jones (21-1) is sober, in phenomenal shape due in part to his recent interest in weight training, and possesses a nasty hunger to reclaim the title he never lost.

Ovince St.Preux (19-7) is replacing current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier after an unfortunate leg injury that took place during training camp. This bout will be contested for the interim 205-pound championship, which gives even more motivation to both men. ‘OSP’ is coming off a unanimous decision win over Rafael Cavalcante back in early February, where the American looked solid if not spectacular.

St. Preux matches up quite well with Jones on paper athletically, as the former football player stands at 6’3″ with an 80-inch reach as well. Jones stands at 6’4″ with an 84.5-inch reach to go along with his unorthodox striking and beautiful technique.

Jones is coming after the title he held for almost four years and is more motivated than ever. The scary fact is that Jones was never 100% dedicated in any of his previous UFC victories, and the fact that he is finally sober does not bode well for anyone currently in the 205-pound division.

‘OSP’ is a phenomenal mixed martial artist and athlete, while Jones is a once-in-a-lifetime combatant with everything to prove ……but everything to regain.

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