Tonight, MMANews.com is your source for UFC 197 Results and live coverage. UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux takes place live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and we will be providing the absolute best live results coverage of the highly anticipated pay-per-view featuring Jon Jones vs. Ovince Saint Preux for the interim UFC Light Heavyweight Title, Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo for the UFC Flyweight Title, Anthony Pettis vs. Edson Barboza and more.
UFC 197 kicks off live tonight with a three-fight preliminary card on UFC Fight Pass starting at 6:30pm ET. / 3:30pm PT., featuring Cody East vs. Walt Harris in the main event, as well as a four-fight preliminary card headlined by Sergio Pettis vs. Chris Kelades on FOX Sports 1 starting at 8pm ET. / 5pm PT. After the FS1 prelims, starting at 10pm ET. / 7pm PT., it will be time for the UFC 197 pay-per-view headlined by Jon “Bones” Jones vs. Ovince Saint Preux.
MMANews.com will be providing live, quick-match UFC 197 results coverage of the two preliminary cards this evening, and the fastest, most detailed round-by-round results coverage of every fight on the pay-per-view portion of the show from start-to-finish. We welcome fans to test our updates against the competition this evening, as it will not take long for you to figure out where you want to be when the big fights get started.
UFC 197 Results — UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Fights
– Kevin Lee def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
– Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Clint Hester via TKO (punches) at 4:35 of round 1
– Walt Harris def. Cody East via TKO (punches) at 4:18 of round 1
UFC 197 Results — FOX Sports 1 Preliminary Fights
– James Vick def. Glaico Franca via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
– Carla Esparza def. Juliana Lima via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
– Danny Roberts def. Dominique Steele via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
– Sergio Pettis def. Chris Kelades via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
UFC 197 Results — Pay-Per-View Fights
Yair Rodriguez vs. Andre Fili
Round 1: Both guys come out aggressive early on. Rodriguez throws some kicks. Fili gets top position as the two hit the ground for the first time. Fili lands some big shots from top position. Fili and Rodriguez scramble back to their feet. Fili lands some strong leg kicks. Rodriguez takes Fili down to end the round. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Yair Rodriguez.
Round 2: Fili comes out throwing crazy ass kicks, falling onto his butt in the process. The pace is a lot more aggressive thus far on the feet here in the second round. Out of nowhere Rodriguez lands a brutal jumping roundhouse kick to the face. One of the most spectacular knockouts in UFC history.
Yair Rodriguez def. Andre Fili via KO (jumping roundhouse kick to the face) at 2:15 of Round 2
Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whitaker
Round 1: The first round begins with Whitaker coming out pressing the action on the feet. Natal is backing and circling and throwing out a jab when he can. It’s a basic feeling out process early on. Whitaker landing some decent leg kicks here as we reach the half-way point in the round. Not a lot of action to speak of so far, although it’s not necessarily a boring fight by any means. Natal works hard for a takedown but Whitaker defends nicely. Natal wings a nice overhand punch that is partially blocked but definitely got Whitaker’s attention. Whitaker with a nice front kick and some leg kicks. Less than one minute remains in the round. Whitaker drops Natal briefly with a shot. The two get involved in a wild exchange with just over 20 seconds left. Natal goes down to a knee again. Whitaker hurts Natal with a right-left combo. The buzzer sounds to end the round. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Robert Whitaker.
Round 2: Whitaker starts tagging Natal with good shots right off the bat here in the second. Whitaker stuffs a Natal takedown attempt. Whitaker starts landing some nice leg kicks again. Whitaker strings some punches together behind his kicks. Natal is landing some good kicks too. This contines to be a standup fight as we reach the final minute of the second round. Natal is doing some solid work with his low kicks but Whitaker is putting the more complete striking package together and is winning the rounds. Whitaker defends another Natal takedown attempt. The round ends with Whitaker throwing a wild head kick that doesn’t fully find the mark. Solid round of action. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Robert Whitaker.
Round 3: Joe Rogan tells us that he has it 1-1 coming into this third and final round, as he gave the second round to Natal. Natal takes a low blow in the early goings of the third round. “Big” John McCarthy gives Natal a moment to recover and the action continues. Each guy is throwing some wild punches and finishing with middle kicks. Natal with a nice switch kick. Natal is starting to go back to work on the legs of Whitaker with kicks. He has put together some vicious accumulative damage on the legs of Whitaker with his kicks in this fight. Whitaker is getting the better of the punching exchanges, however, and is doing some kicking work of his own. Good front kick to the body by Whitaker. Whitaker tags Natal with a left hand. Whitaker nails Natal with another shot that sends Natal stumbling backwards momentarily. We’re half way through the third and final round. Whitaker lands a nice head kick and follows up with some punches as the buzzer sounds to end the round and the fight. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Robert Whitaker.
Robert Whitaker def. Rafael Natal via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Anthony Pettis vs. Edson Barboza
Round 1: Here we go with our first of the three featured bouts of the evening. This is a striking fans dream fight on paper. Both guys come out on their toes and circling. Barboza begins working some leg kicks. Pettis throws a right hand but it doesn’t find the mark. Barboza the same. Pettis comes in with a one-two but Barboza avoids eating the punches. Both guys seem fully content to keep this standing, and seem to be settling into their grooves. Pettis seems to be pressing forward more so than Barboza, but each takes turns. Pettis starts letting his kicks go, middle kicks and low kicks both find the mark for “Showtime.” Barboza with a nice left hand that scores. Pettis with a right hand but Barboza answers back with a better left hook. Pettis with some redness around his eye after eating that punch. Barboza starting to open up more with some kicks again. Two minutes left in the round. Barboza lands two good punches, one of which found the mark very clean. This appears to be a Barboza round thus far. Barboza with a spinning back kick to the body. Pettis shoots in for a takedown attempt but Barboza defends well. Barboza wings a wild left hook at Pettis. Pettis with a high kick attempt that misses the mark. Pettis with a jumping wheel kick that misses as the buzzer sounds to end the opening round. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Edson Barboza.
Round 2: The second round picks up where the first round left off. Barboza lands a nice left hook. Pettis with a good one-two with the hands. He’s scoring a bit more often this round and is using better footwork to go in and out and avoid Barboza’s striking attempts. Pettis seems to be settling in a bit more here in the second round. 90 seconds remains. Barboza with a nice leg kick. Pettis misses with a wild one-two. Solid kick from Barboza thuds throughout the arena. Pettis with a crazy cartwheel kick-type of move to end the round. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Anthony Pettis.
Round 3: The judges cards could be interesting if this one goes to the decision. The first round seemed to be pretty clear for Barboza but the second was a much tougher round to score definitively one way or the other. Joe Rogan points out that there was a sense of urgency in the corner of Pettis in between rounds. Pettis comes out with a 360-turning sidekick to open the third and final round. Barboza starts working some strong leg kicks. Good inside leg kick by Barboza. Pettis misses another creative type of kick attempt. Barboza takes out Pettis’ legs briefly with a vicious low kick. Good jab from Barboza. And another. Just over three minutes remains in the fight. Good inside leg kick from Pettis. Inside leg kick from Barboza but Pettis complains about it going low. Barboza’s corner is complaining that it wasn’t a low blow. Pettis quickly resumes back to action. Stiff jab from Barboza. Good leg kick from Barboza. Nasty body kick from Barboza. Barboza is getting that bounce and is getting loose here in the second half of the final round. Barboza with another vicious inside leg kick. Good left hook from Barboza. Nice leg kick from Barboza. Unless the judges are crazy, Pettis is going to need something very big to have any chance of pulling this one out. Pettis’ leg starting to show the beating that Barboza has laid on it throughout the past 15 minutes. 30 seconds remains. Barboza with another leg kick. Pettis will definitely be limping for the next few days. Another inside leg kick from Barboza. The ten second ticker sounds as both guys throw wild wheel kicks. Pettis comes off the cage with a kick attempt but misses. We see closeup shots of the leg and rib cage of Pettis, both of which looks battered. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Edson Barboza.
Edson Barboza def. Anthony Pettis via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
UFC Flyweight Championship
– Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Henry Cejudo
Round 1: Cejudo comes out pressing the action. Johnson wings a big overhand punch that misses the mark. Johnson and Cejudo lock up but separate. Mighty Mouse lands a nice right hand on the break. Johnson getting his footwork going and is using his speed to avoid any offensive attempts from Cejudo. Cejudo locks up with Johnson again and this time he takes him down. Johnson kicks Cejudo off and returns to his feet before Cejudo can do any damage on the ground. The two clinch up again. Johnson trying to get the plum clinch. He does and stuns Cejudo briefly with a solid knee. Mighty Mouse has Cejudo pressed against the cage. He’s hitting him with shoulder shots to the face in the clinch. Cejudo reverses but Johnson lands a nice elbow on the break. Johnson stuns Cejudo with a good shot. Cejudo stumbles across the cage. Mighty Mouse runs in and finishes with strikes. It’s over. It’s time to give Demetrious Johnson his just due people.
Demetrious Johnson def. Henry Cejudo via TKO (punches) at 2:49 of Round 1.
UFC Interim Light Heavyweight Championship
– Jon Jones vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Round 1: Jones comes out crawling but eventually stands up. Jones lands a nice spinning back kick to the body. Jones with a front kick to the body. Jones goes for a spinning elbow or punch but doesn’t finish it. OSP comes in with a strong punch but Jones avoids it. OSP with a nice leg kick. Jones kicks at the knee of OSP. Jones with a hopping side kick to the body of OSP. Very nice. We’re half way through the first round and the former champion is starting to get more comfortable. OSP lands a couple of punches, Randy Couture dirty-boxing style in a quick clinch spot. Jones with a crazy axe kick attempt. Nice left hook from Jones is partially blocked by OSP. Jones and OSP trade low kicks. Jones goes up high with a kick but Saint Preux blocks it. Jones lands another nice body kick. OSP with a nice kick to the legs of Jones. Jones with a head kick attempt and spinning back kick to the body that doesn’t fully connect. OSP with a nice jab. Jones takes OSP down with a foot sweep but OSP pops right back up. The buzzer sounds to end the first round. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 Jon Jones.
Round 2: “Bones” Jones comes out with a wild jumping middle kick attempt that doesn’t find the mark. Between rounds Jones himself was saying he needs to get going. That’s tough criticism of himself, as he looked pretty good in that first round. OSP lands a good shot in an exchange with Jones. Jones didn’t like it and immediately started pressing forward more aggressively. Jones with a nice leg kick. Jones spins but doesn’t follow through with anything. OSP charges in with a one-two attempt with his hands, neither shot landed. Jones clinches up with OSP and lands a low kick on the break. Jones clinches with OSP and presses OSP’s back against the cage. Jones starts mixing in elbows and punches. Jones does some good work there. The two separate and return to the middle of the cage. OSP lands a nice right hand that gets Jones’ and the crowd’s attention. OSP with a wild swing. Jones nails OSP’s knee with a good kick. 90 seconds remains in the second round. Jones with a spinning back kick to the body. OSP tries to take him down off of it but doesn’t succeed. Good right hand lands for OSP. Jones kicks at the knees of OSP some more. Ten second ticker hits as OSP misses a wild punch. Jones with a crazy wheel kick that misses. OSP lands a good left hand. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Jon Jones.
Round 3: Both guys come out trading leg kicks here in the early goings of the third round. Joe Rogan on commentary is sharing his opinion that OSP is starting to show clear signs of slowing down and fatiguing. He talks about OSP taking the fight on short notice. Jones is doing some decent work mixing his punches and kicks up here in the third. OSP with a good right hand. Nice kick by OSP. OSP starting to land some decent shots. Jones catches OSP with a spinning elbow. The crowd “oooh’s and ahh’s” at that one. Good left hand by Jones. Joe Rogan says Jones is starting to break down Saint Preux. OSP switching from orthodox to southpaw stances. Daniel Cormier, who is sitting in on commentary for this fight, speculates that OSP is switching stances because of the damage he is taking to the knees from the kicks of Jones. Jones focuses some more kicks at the knees of OSP. The pace slows down and the fans start to boo. Jones is doing a good job of using his footwork and kicks and jabs to avoid eating any real offense from OSP here in the third. Jones with a nice high kick. Nice body shot from Jones. Jones lands multiple body kicks in a row on OSP. Jones backs up and avoids OSP’s punching advances. Jones telegraphing some kind of spinning technique but ends up digging in on a leg kick instead. 30 seconds left in the round. The two championship rounds are coming up and OSP seems to be slowing down while Jones settles in to a comfortable lead. OSP swings wildly with a few punches in the closing seconds of the third round. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Jon Jones.
Round 4: OSP with a nice body kick to kick off the fourth round. Jones paws with the jab and then throws a body kick of his own. Nice leg kick from OSP. OSP lands a decent right hand. OSP is having the best opening portion of a round thus far in the fight here in the fourth. Jones takes OSP down with a big takedown. OSP, however, easily manages to get back to his feet. Joe Rogan and D.C. are impressed on commentary with OSP here in the fourth round. Nice standing elbow to the face by Jones. And another. Two minutes left in the fourth round. OSP is backing up now as Jones presses the action. Jones presses OSP against the cage. Jones changes levels, scoops OSP up and slams him down with another big takedown. This time Jones has OSP down and is establishing control. Jones has OSP in full side control now with OSP’s body stuck against the cage. Jones looking for a mounted crucifix now but OSP is defending. Jones is throwing some short, tight elbows to the face of OSP. OSP is trying to walk his feet on the cage to circle out and create some space. Jones working control on the arm of OSP. One minute left in the fourth round. OSP spins oout, creates a scramble but Jones controls OSP and establishes full mount. Jones settles into mount and throws some elbows. OSP gives up his back. Jones gets in one hook. Jones settles there and lands two big punches. Jones works for the choke but opts instead to let go and stand up. Jones lands a strong punch and some kicks to the body. Jones stands up and dives back on top of OSP. He lands some shots as the buzzer sounds to end the round. Jones battered OSP at the end of that round. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Jon Jones.
Round 5: Jones dominated the end of that last round, but because OSP was winning the first part of the round and because the end of the round wasn’t completely overly dominate, you can’t score that 10-8 for Jones. Regardless, OSP should be way behind on the cards for any judges scorecards to matter. OSP needs a finish if he wants to win this one. Both guys seem pretty tired here in the fifth and final round. Jones appears fresh but doesn’t seem to be in any rush to get things going. He seems happy to ride the clock out so far here in the early goings of the fifth. Jones starts to turn it on now as he lands a nice left hand. Jones with a spinning back kick to the body. Three minutes left in the fight. OSP needs a haymaker to land but doesn’t seem to be showing true desparation in getting it done. Jones lands another good punch. Jones misses an elbow attempt as OSP walks away, not so much Ronda Rousey-Holly Holm style, but that kind of thing. Jones with some good kicks that puts OSP’s back against the cage. D.C. calls it as it happens. Jones scoops OSP up again and walks him to the center of the cage. He slams OSP down hard. Joe Rogan describes how that was one of the hardest slams he ever felt while sitting cageside. OSP gets back to his feet. D.C. speculates that something hurt OSP during that takedown sequence. It appears that something hurt OSP’s shoulder or arm. Jones gets in on a leg on OSP again, seemingly looking for another takedown off the fence. One minute left in the fight and the boo’s are getting loud now as the action is stalled in a clinch against the cage. Jones mixes in some elbows off of the clinch. The action remains stuck on the fence as Herb Dean starts to take a step closer, possibly thinking about a restart. Instead, Jones backs off and the two restart themselves. 20 seconds left. OSP chases Jones, who backs and circles, throwing kicks and jabs to keep OSP off of him. The buzzer sounds to end the fight. Shouldn’t be a hard fight to score at all. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Jon Joens.
Jon Jones def. Ovince Saint Preux via Unanimous Decision (50-44, 50-45, 50-45) to win the UFC Interim Light Heavyweight Championship.