Unbeknownst to Ovince St. Preux, he’s the dramatic irony co-starring alongside lead character Jon Jones in the feature Dead Man Walking, otherwise known as the main event at UFC 197. There’s also that small matter of the lightly regarded interim light heavyweight strap being up for grabs.

Following current 205-pound champ Daniel Cormier’s withdrawal from the original main card, St. Preux stepped up to the plate to replace him. All the same, there seem to be some folk who believe “OSP” is “Bones” Jones’ replacement killer; celerity, athleticism, good wrestling, adequate submission skills, and one-punch knockout power.

Furthermore, there has been talk of how Jones’ mental pluck coming into this fight following several infractions outside the Octagon, as well as a fifteen-month lay-off will impact on his performance. If the above is to be taken as gospel, is it any wonder the former 205-pound kingpin’s imminent demise in Sin City is being presaged?

Still, you have to admit it sounds great in theory, or some far-off parallel utopian universe, or even a century from now as some MMA revisionist history.

However, the 33-year-old St. Preux (19-7 MMA, 7-2 UFC) has never faced anyone the calibre of Jones (21-1 MMA, 15-1 UFC). The pound-for-pound czar and Jackson-Wink product is the ultimate fighting hybrid (grappling, wrestling, judo and kickboxing), who takes unorthodoxy to a whole new level — spinning elbows, lethal knees, disconcerting oblique kicks and one of the best and most brutal ground-and-pound games in the business to name a few.

Jon Jones (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Jon Jones (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Albeit the lightly regarded interim light heavyweight strap is the prize on offer, make no mistake, “Bones” is on a quest for mixed martial arts immortality and UFC gold proper, and though no stepping stone, “OSP” is just another obstacle that his mettle and skill set will lay waste once the Octagon door closes April 23.

Long story short, in the here and now, this is Jones’ narrative, scripted the Jones’ way — a dystopian narrative with no beginning and no middle, just an end, one ending in violence. St. Preux’ role as the dramatic irony will come full circle at the end of the nights proceedings. For now he’s unaware, that in actuality, he’s a dead man; he’s just been walking around not knowing it.

UFC 197 is a live pay-per-view event scheduled for April 23, 2016 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV.


Disclaimer: The Dead Man Walking” Series is metaphorical so to speak, and should not be taken literally.

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Nedu Obi

Nedu graduated from London Metropolitan University and has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing and Media Studies. He is a fervent freelance writer/blogger and a wordsmith provocateur. His hobbies/interests are centred on MMA, Boxing, Football, Current Events and the Arts. He’s also a keen roller skater and marshals for the LFNS (London Friday Night Skate). "Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind". - George Orwell