UFC 197: Jon Jones Says he May Fight OSP in Southpaw Just “to Prove a Point”
By FCF Staff
Once could argue that Jon Jones’ clearest path to victory at UFC 197 would involve using his wrestling and clinch game against Ovince Saint Preux, but it doesn’t sound like that’s the former champ’s plan.
Since Saint Preux has arrived in the UFC, he has recorded multiple highlight reel finishes, and has gone 7-2. Fighters like Glover Teixeira and Ryan Bader, however, turned to their takedowns and top games to record wins over the explosive southpaw.
Recently Jones appeared on “UFC Tonight”, and the during the segment, the renowned fighter relayed that he intends to stand-and-trade with OSP (quote via FOX Sports press release):
“I have this strong drive to be the best. I don’t like the thought of someone being better than me at any craft. I’ll stand and trade with Ovince because that’s where he’s best. I haven’t told anyone this yet, but I believe I’m a better southpaw than him. I might just stand southpaw the whole fight to prove a point.”
UFC 197 will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Jones – OSP will determine the promotion’s interim light-heavyweight champ.