UFC light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux has officially been named Daniel Cormier’s replacement against former champion Jon Jones at UFC 197 later this month.

Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting was the first to report the bout. UFC President Dana White would later confirm the matchup.

This new comes one day after it was announced Cormier had suffered an injury in camp, forcing him out his highly anticipated title fight against Jones.

St. Preux (19-9), a former University of Tennessee linebacker, is coming off a dominant decisin win over former Strikeforce champion Rafael Cavalcante at UFC Fight Night 82. This got OSP back back into the win column after suffering third round submission loss to former title content Glover Teixeira in August.

Prior to this setback, OSP was see walking away with a violent first round knockout over Patrick Cummins at UFC on FOX 15. This marked his second straight knockout victory following 34-second KO over former UFC and Pride FC champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua.

Jones (21-1) has not been seen inside the Octagon since earning a unanimous decision over bitter rival Daniel Cormier in their main event title fight at UFC 182 .

He was scheduled to defend his title against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187. But as a result of Jones’ role in the hit-and-run case, the UFC striped him of his title and suspended him indefinitely. Cormier would eventually be named the replacement and go on to win the light heavyweight title with a fourth round submission over Johnson.

Cormier and Jones were then scheduled to rematch at UFC 197 before an injured foot forced Cormier out.

Jones was also involved in another altercation with a police officer after he was cited for drag racing earlier this week.

UFC 197 will go down April 23 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A flyweight title fight between reigning champion Demetrious Johnson and former Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo is currently scheduled to serve as the co-main event but could be promoted to the healdining act if Jones does not remain on the card.

 

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