On Saturday, April 22, 2016, the UFC will showcase two title fights with Jon Jones (21-1) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (19-7) for the interim UFC Light-Heavyweight Championship and men’s flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson (23-2-1) defending his strap against Olympic gold medalist wrestler and No. 2 contender Henry Cejudo (10-0), live from Las Vegas.

Also featured on the main card is former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis vs. No. 8 Edson Barboza, Ultimate Fighter: Smashes-winner and No. 8 middleweight Robert Whitaker vs. No. 13 Rafael Natal, and last but not least rising stars Yair Rodríguez and Andre Fili open up the Pay-Per-View (PPV) in a featherweight bout.

Jones is coming off a 15-month layoff, with us last seeing him defend the 205-lbs belt opposite Daniel Comier in a five-round, yet one sided, war. He was subsequently stripped of his title after his involvement in a hit-and-run, and other legal troubles. Originally scheduled to rematch Cormier, who was pulled from the card due to injury and is the current UFC Lightheavyweight Champion, Jones will now face No. 6 OSP who is coming off a unanimous decision win over former Strikeforce champion Feijao Cavalcante.

Saint Preux has overall had mixed success in the last couple of years and was the highest ranking opponent available on last minute who had not been previously bested by Jones or also coming off a loss (No. 2 Anthony Johnson was the presumptive choice however a recent procedure rendered him unavailable). Nonetheless, he is a formidable opponent and will present challenges to the former champion, who will have his first significant test with ring rust.

Making his eighth-straight title defense, Johnson will look to further cement his legacy as one of the greatest fighters in history, even if no one is watching, with a test the likes of which few champions inside the Octagon have had to face. Cejudo brings to the table the highest level of wrestling credentials possible, but has had weight issues in the past and that could have a major impact in the later rounds of the fight. Either way, this may just be the fight that puts the flyweights on the map.

The entire UFC 197 weigh-ins video can be found above, courtesy of the UFC.

MAIN CARD

Jon Jones (205) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (205) – for the interim UFC Light-Heavyweight Championship
Champ Demetrious Johnson (125) vs. Henry Cejudo (125) – for the UFC Flyweight Championship
Edson Barboza (155) vs. Anthony Pettis (156)
Rafael Natal (186) vs. Robert Whittaker (185.5)
Andre Fili (146) vs. Yair Rodriguez (145.5)

TELEVISED PRELIMINARY CARD

Chris Kelades (126) vs. Sergio Pettis (126)
Danny Roberts (170.5) vs. Dominique Steele (171)
Carla Esparza (116) vs. Juliana Lima (115)
Glaico Franca (156) vs. James Vick (155)

FIGHT PASS PRELIMINARY CARD

Cody East (245.5) vs. Walt Harris (255.5)
Clint Hester (205) vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (205)
Efrain Escudero (155.5) vs. Kevin Lee (156)

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Justin Fuller
Associate Editor/Senior Writer

Justin Fuller is a writer, broadcaster, and political analyst. With a background in sports talk radio, he now runs his own podcast, "The Fuller Fight Factor LIVE."