Ovince Saint Preux To Replace Injured Daniel Cormier

Published on April 4th, 2016 9:54 am EST

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Following an injury to Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, the UFC announced late last week that the returning Jon "Bones" Jones will be squaring off against Ovince Saint Preux in the main event of UFC 197.

The highly anticipated rematch between Cormier and Jones was put on hold after Cormier was forced to pull out of UFC 197 due to a leg injury. Jones, who has not been a fan of taking short notice fights in the past, announced that he was willing to face any Heavyweight or Light Heavyweight that the UFC would put in front of him. According to reports, the UFC contacted Anthony "Rumble" Johnson about taking the fight but he couldn't due to some recent dental surgery.

Ovince Saint Preux, who is currently the Light Heavyweight division's #6 ranked fighter, was offered the fight and accepted. OSP is coming off of an unanimous decision victory over Rafael Cavalcante at the recent UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs Thompson event in Las Vegas.

Jon "Bones" Jones has opened as the heavy favorite against Ovince Saint Preux, with OSP listed as much as +1000 to win at some sports books.

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In reality, this turn of events likely works out pretty nicely for the UFC.

Daniel Cormier has said that he will likely be out for 4-6 weeks, which means that he should be back in plenty of time for UFC 200 in July. Assuming that Jones beats Ovince Saint Preux and escapes the fight without an injury, this will likely set up Cormier/Jones II for the UFC 200 co-main event, with Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz II likely serving as the headliner.

Jones will get a "warm-up" fight after over a year away from the Octagon, which should make Cormier/Jones II even more compelling.


In the end, Jones accepting this fight on short notice was a shrewd business move for the former Light Heavyweight champion, as he will likely work himself back into the good graces of Dana White and the rest of the UFC with the move.

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