On Saturday, April 22, 2016, the UFC showcased 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 the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Also featured on the main card was 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, who opened up the Pay-Per-View (PPV) in a featherweight bout.

Jones was 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 faced 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 can present challenges to the former champion, who will had his first significant test with ring rust.

Making his eighth-straight title defense, Johnson looked 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 later rounds. Either way, this may just be the fight that puts the flyweights on the map.

Also on the card is a marquee preliminary flyweight bout between No. 14 Sergio Pettis (13-2) and unheralded Chris Kelades (9-2), and a women’s strawweight bout featuring former champion and No. 2-contender Carla Esparza and No. 14 Juliana Lima.

FULL RESULTS

MAIN CARD

Light Heavyweight – Jon Jones defeats Ovince Saint Preux via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-45, 50-45) for the interim UFC Light-Heavyweight Championship
Flyweight – Demetrious Johnson (c) defeats Henry Cejudo via technical knockout (strikes) at 2:49 of Round 1 for the UFC Flyweight Championship
Lightweight – Edson Barboza defeats Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Middleweight – Robert Whittaker defeats Rafael Natal via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Featherweight – Yair Rodríguez defeats Andre Fili via knockout (flying head kick) 2:15 of Round 2

TELEVISED PRELIMINARY CARD

Flyweight  -Sergio Pettis defeats Chris Kelades via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Welterweight – Danny Roberts defeats Dominique Steele via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Women’s Strawweight – Carla Esparza defeats Juliana Lima via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight – James Vick defeats Glaico França via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

FIGHT PASS PRELIMINARY CARD

Heavyweight – Walt Harris defeats Cody East via technical knockout (strikes) at 4:18 of Round 1
Light Heavyweight – Marcos Rogério de Lima defeats Clint Hester via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:35 of Round 1
Lightweight – Kevin Lee defeats Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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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."