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‘UFC 197: Jones vs. St. Preux’ Live Results And Play-By-Play

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
April 23rd, 2016
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“UFC 197: Jones vs. St. Preux” goes down Saturday night inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones returned to action after enduring 15 months of legal issues that cost him his title to face Ovince St. Preux in the show’s featured attraction. The 205-pounders battled for the vacant interim light heavyweight crown.

Jones was initially slated to challenge champ Daniel Cormier to try and reclaim the throne he never lost in the cage, but Cormier was forced out earlier this month with an injury.

Reigning flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson looked to post his eighth straight title defense when he puts his strap on the line against former Olympic wrestler Henry Cejudo in the co-main event.

Here are the live results and play-by-play from the main card:

Preliminary Card:

(UFC Fight Pass 6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT)

Kevin Lee Defeats Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28

Marcos Rogerio de Lima Defeats Clint Hester via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:35 in the 1stRound

Walt Harris Defeats Cody East via TKO (punches) at 4:18 in the 1stRound

(Fox Sports 1 8PM ET/5PM PT)

James Vick Defeats Glaico Franca via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Carla Esparza Defeats Juliana Lima via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Danny Roberts  Defeats Dominique Steele via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Sergio Pettis Defeats Chris Kelades via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Main Card:

(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)

Yair Rodriguez Defeats Andre Fili via KO (kick) at 2:15 in the 2ndRound

1stRound: Rodriguez catches a kick and trips him to the mat. Rodriguez is standing over him and lands a vicious ax kick to the body. He’s smothering Fili on the ground, but isn’t landing much. Rodriguez advances to side-control. Fili pushes him off, though remains on his back. He’s up now with less than a minute to go. Rodriguez connects with a big leg kick. One-two combination by Rodriguez. Fili answers with a left hand.  Fili gets a brief takedown before the end of the round.

5thRound scores it: Rodriguez, 10-9.

2ndRound: Rodriguez slips a right and immediately scores a takedown with four minutes remaining. Fili wiggles free. Rodriguez has missed with two fancy wheel kicks. Rodriguez flattens him with a jumping left kick to the grill. Lights out. Rodriguez’s kick was very similar to Daniel Larusso’s unforgettable strike on Johnny Lawrence. “If do right, no can defense,” Mr. Miyagi.

Robert Whittaker Defeats Rafael Natal via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

1stRound: Body kick by Whittaker. Natal lands two straight leg kicks. Whittaker scores with a left hook. Whittaker clocks him with a right, which caused Natal to slip to the ground. Whittaker bringing the heat. Natal seems to be in survival mode.

5thRound scores it: Whittaker, 10-9.

2ndRound: They are flinging leather early in the middle stanza. Whittaker’s left thigh is purple. Natal kicks the leg and follows up with a left hook to the dome. Whittaker’s movement isn’t as fluid due to the Natal’s leg kicks. Natal scores with another vicious kick to the leg. He follows up with a left hand. Whittaker thwarts a takedown attempt.

5thRound scores it: Natal, 10-9.

3rdRound: Natal takes a kick to the groin and time is called. Game on. This one is up for grabs with four minutes to go. Whittaker tags him with a left hand. Solid back and forth battle. Whittaker has been in the center of the cage seemingly pressing the action for most of the fight, and that could go a long way in the judges’ minds. Natal nails him with another leg kick. I feel bad for Whittaker’s thigh tomorrow. This is a close one.

5thRound scores it: Whittaker, 10-9, and probably won 29-28.

Edson Barboza Defeats Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

1stRound: Duke Roufus and Greg Jackson in Pettis’ corner. That’s pretty cool. This fight should be electric. Uppercut by Pettis. Fast pace so far, but Barboza hasn’t thrown anything. Barboza nails him with a left hook. And another. Pettis continues to circle the outside. I think that second left hook stunned Pettis. Spinning back-kick to the midsection by Barboza. Pettis gets stuffed on a takedown attempt.

5thRound scores it: Barboza, 10-9

2ndRound: Barboza scores with another solid left hook. Pettis needs to find a way to avoid that, he’s eaten three big ones already. Barboza is controlling this fight. Pettis finally scores with a right hand. He follows up with a body kick. Barboza responds with a left hook. Those left hooks are coming with heat. Pettis eats a big kick to the stomach. Barboza with another left hook.

5thRound scores it: Barboza, 10-9.

3rdRound: Pettis needs a finish. He’s not pulling the trigger against someone who won’t go for a takedown like you’d expect. This would be three straight losses for the former UFC lightweight champion. Barboza scores with a leg kick. Pettis answers with an inside leg kick. Pettis takes a kick to the groin and time is called. Game on. Barboza lands a stiff jab. Barboza is starting to pull away with kicks. Pettis is getting outclassed in the standup game. This is surprising Barboza is winning by such a wide margin. Pettis can’t get anything going.

5thRound scores it: Barboza, 10-9, and should run the table, 30-27.

Demetrious Johnson Defeats Henry Cejudo via TKO (strikes) at 2:49 in the 1stRound (Johnson retains UFC flyweight title)

1stRound: Cejudo tags him with an inside leg kick. They clinch in the center of the cage, Johnson scores with a right on the break. Johnson initiates the clinch and gets tripped to the mat. That was an interesting move by Johnson. Johnson kicks him off and they’re back up. Johnson goes for a clinch again, this is surprising. Johnson actually wins this exchange with multiple knees to the body, though. Johnson clocks him with a elbow to the face. Cejudo is wobbly and Johnson goes for the kill. Cejudo stumbles to the mat after eating a knee to the belly and Johnson gives him the business. It’s a wrap.

Jon Jones Defeats Ovince St. Preux via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-45, 50-45) (Jones captures UFC interim light heavyweight title)

1stRound: Herb Dean is the third man inside the octagon. Jones crawls out of his corner. Jones starts off in a southpaw stance. He lands a spinning back kick to the body. Jones looks a little awkward in southpay. St. Preux scores with a leg kick. Solid push kick to the body by Jones. St. Preux eats a kick to the face. Jones throwing those controversial kicks to the kneecaps. Crowd is getting anxious. St. Preux lands a leg kick. Jones sweeps him to the ground and lands a right.

5thRound scores it: Jones, 10-9.

2ndRound: Jones was a little reserved in the opening round, perhaps some ring rust. Let’s see if he opens things up so we can all call it a night. St. Preux lands a kick, but Jones catches it. St. Preux lands multiple punches while balancing on one leg. Jones lands a body kick. St. Preux nails him with a knee to the body while in the clinch. Jones clinches and starts unloading his trademark elbows. St. Preux answers with a knee. He follows up with a right hand. Jones kicks his kneecap again. St. Preux appears to be slowing. Jones connects with a spinning back kick to the body. St. Preux counters with a right hand.

5thRound scores it: Jones, 10-9.

3rdRound: St. Preux is hanging in there. He just needs to throw more, but he might not have the gas considering he took the fight on short notice. St. Preux scores with some punches. Jones connects with a spinning elbow. Crowd starting to boo. Jones starting to really work his kicks. Head kick by Jones. He follows up with a right hand. St. Preux responds with a body shot. Jones tags him with four unanswered strikes.

5thRound scores it: Jones, 10-9.

4thRound: Jones is winning the rounds, but he doesn’t look great. Jones goes for a clinch, he picks St. Preux up and slams him to the ground. St. Preux scrambles and gets right back up. St. Preux looks loose, maybe he has more gas in the tank than we think. Jones lands two straight elbows to the face. Jones picks him up again and lands in side-control. Jones has 90 seconds to work. Short elbows by Jones. St. Preux tries to spin out, but Jones ends up on his back. Big left by Jones. Jones stands over him and is laying the lumber.

5thRound scores it: Jones, 10-9.

5thRound: St. Preux needs a finish, but he looked completely defeated heading back to his corner after the last round. He was lucky to survive. Jones clocks him with a spinning back kick to the body. Crowd booing again. Jones picks him up and slams him to the ground. Jones lets him back up. Jones is still in pursuit. St. Preux’s left shoulder appears hurt. Jones is clinching him against the cage. Jones will cruise to another decision win. Crowd is not happy.

5thRound scores it: Jones, 10-9, and will run the table, 50-45.

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