Jon Jones UFC 197

My Thoughts From The UFC 197 Main Card

Published On April 25, 2016 | MMA News
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Jon Jones def. Ovince Saint Preux via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-45, 50-45)

This was a 25 minute dominant performance from Jon Jones that lacked his typical creativity, speed and showmanship. I will give him a pass since he was coming back after 15 months of extracurricular activities. Maybe Jon was hesitant because he knew he was the better fighter and didn’t want to get caught. That would have been one of the biggest upsets in history and it is tough to pull the trigger in that scenario. He ended up dominating with leg kicks and ground work so at least he got one out of the way before facing a worthy opponent in Daniel Cormier. On a side note you can find my most popular tweet from that night (below). I can’t explain why something so stupid was a hit.

Demetrious Johnson def. Henry Cejudo via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:45

This fight was everything you expected from the Jon Jones fight wrapped up in a tiny package. That is not a penis joke; it is a weight class joke. Demetrious Johnson was taken down, got back up quickly and unleashed some offense that crumpled Henry Cejudo. I expected this to go the distance, but was happy when Mighty Mouse showed why he should be considered one of the greatest pound for pound fighters in the world.

Edson Barboza def. Anthony Pettis unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

This was a fight I thought could go either way. It turns out Edson Barboza was the better fighter on the feet and took the decision. Anthony Pettis needs to get his confidence going to rack up a couple of victories. He is still an elite fighter but he needs to believe it himself. In another shameless plug to get Twitter followers, check out one of my subtweets. I was making a reference to Game of Thrones because it is a show on HBO and Pettis has the nickname of ‘Showtime’. I guess it is never a good thing when I have to explain my jokes.

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

This was an entertaining slugfest that went to Robert Whittaker. He seemed to land the most significant strikes but the fans should be happy they got to see these two beat the heck out of each other. This is why fighters should be paid more.

Yair Rodriguez def. Andre Fili via knockout (head kick) – Round 2, 2:15

All I have to say about this one is ‘jumping switch kick’. That thing was so brutal I woke up with a concussion.

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