In the weeks prior to UFC 197, the promotion circulated a number of clips from a show entitled UFC Counterpunch: Daniel Cormier Vs Jon Jones, a face to face interview with the two best and most belligerent light-heavyweights in the world, hosted by Joe Rogan.
The brief but intense snippets had fans salivating over the release of the entire episode. It became as highly-anticipated as the fight itself.
Then, disaster struck.
The champion, Cormier, was forced to withdraw from the event just three weeks in advance due to a knee injury. Jones remained on the card and went on to claim a unanimous decision victory over late-replacement Ovince Saint Preux, but rendered somewhat irrelevant, the Counterpunch special never aired.
Once Cormier vs Jones 2 was rescheduled for July 9th and UFC 200 however, the episode once again became prime promotional material, even if it had become somewhat dated.
Thus, on Friday night it finally premiered on Fox Sports 1 in the United States and was subsequently uploaded to YouTube in it’s entirety.
If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch it below.