When you have Jon Jones and Demetrious Johnson on a card, you know the night will be eventful and enjoyable. UFC 197 definitely did not disappoint.
Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo
Jon Jones was likely expected to be the star of the night at UFC 197, but let’s be real. Demetrious Johnson actually stole the show. Johnson’s TKO victory over Henry Cejudo in 2:49 gave him his eighth successful defense of the title. This ties him with Jones for third-most all-time. “Mighty Mouse” is now unbeaten in his last 11 fights – he is the UFC’s longest reigning current champion.
Our initial thought was how Johnson would handle Cejudo’s wrestling, but needless to say, he handled it just fine. Cejudo was able to score a takedown but Johnson pounced back and nailed him with some knees in the clinch. It was only a matter of time before Johnson finished him off and the fight was waved.
Now most of us are sitting back waiting for Johnson to move to No. 1 in the pound-for-pound rankings. Sure, Jon Jones defeated Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197, but when we witnessed Johnson absolutely steamroll Cejudo, it’s hard to not think he should be No. 1.
Jon Jones vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Jon Jones went the distance with Saint Preux to clinch the the interim light heavyweight title. Jones definitely dominated all five rounds, coming out aggressive and landing significant kicks. It was the same Jones we’ve always known, but at the same time there was something different. He was patient and not quite as sharp, likely trying to get acclimated to being back in the ring.
Saint Preux threw some sharp jabs that left Jones a little shaken at times, but he would always retake initiative. The last few rounds brought spinning elbows, oblique strikes and spinning kicks to lead Jones to a victory over Saint Preux via unanimous decision. Jon Jones wasn’t at his best, but he did enough to get the job done and earn his rematch with Daniel Cormier for the title.
As Dana White said, Jones looked a little rusty, and it’s a good thing he didn’t fight Cormier in his first time back in the ring since early last year. He needed to get some rounds under his belt to figure out how he needs to train and what adjustments he needs to make to fight Cormier.
Will we see Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier at UFC 200? Dana White told ESPN.com it is possible. It appears both fighters are pushing to headline the event, and we know fans would not be upset about it. Cormier will first have to be cleared by his doctor, but it appears UFC 200 is what he so eagerly wants. We sure wouldn’t mind having this grudge match at the biggest event in UFC history.
Conor McGregor claims he’s back on UFC 200, but right now, he’s the only one saying it. He retired. Then he didn’t actually retire. He was yanked from UFC 200. Now, he’s supposedly back on. So which is it? We’ve learned to just sit back, grab the popcorn and see how everything plays out. Things change and happen so quickly in the UFC world, we wonder if anyone actually knows what the heck is going on. It’s an enjoyable ride, though – that’s for sure.
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