The explosive fighter has been tapped to fight Jones on April 23rd, after the champ Daniel Cormier was forced to pull out due to a leg injury. OSP did fight in early February, and decisioned Rafael Cavalcante, but as any fighter will tell you, having a full camp to prepare for a bout goes a long way.
Recently OSP spoke with MMA Junkie.com, and when asked about the short notice aspect of the match-up, he said this:
“At times, I feel I do better on short notice,” Saint Preux said. “It’s going to get a little hectic in the next two, three weeks. But at least it wasn’t like that for the last three or four months, so I don’t have to do any adjustments at all. All the adjustment’s on (Jones). You look at me, and I’m a pretty good fighter. I can hold my own with the best of them.”
That’s one way of looking at it, and it should be noted that Saint Preux faced “Shogun” Rua on short notice back in 2014. OSP took the legend out in just 34 seconds.
Now, even if OSP had a full camp for this fight, it’s hard to imagine him defeating Jones in a four, five round fight. He’s at his most dangerous during the opening rounds, and Jones has been involved in plenty of 25 minute wars. Guess we’ll see soon enough how things play out.
OSP also noted in the interview, however, that he needs to land three punches max to put an opponent way. Not going to argue with that.
UFC 197 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the co-headliner, flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson will take on Henry Cejudo.