Jon Jones makes his long-awaited return to the octagon this April at UFC 197, under the lights of the MGM Grand Arena, with a familiar opponent standing opposite him.
Daniel Cormier took up the mantle of the light-heavyweight division in Jones’ absence, defeating Anthony Johnson for the vacant title and defending it in a thrilling five-round fight with Alexander Gustafsson. Before snatching the title, Cormier had his shot at Jones and while he put up a valiant effort, he came up short in the unanimous decision loss.
Following his win over Cormier, Jones was involved in a very public hit-and-run incident. The former champ drove through a red light at a busy intersection and hit another vehicle driven by a pregnant woman. Jones fled the scene before turning himself into the authorities some days later, with the UFC pushed to strip him of the title.
The bad blood between the two should make for an exciting spectacle on the night and an interesting lead up to the fight itself. In anticipation, the UFC has released two brand new, relatively short, promos for the event.
UFC 197 takes place April 23 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The co-main event on the night will feature a flyweight championship fight between holder Demetrious Johnson and Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo.
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