Jon Jones vs. Ovince Saint Preux UFC 197 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 4/23/16
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Jon Jones
UFC: Saturday, April 23, 2016 (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
The Line: Ovince Saint Preux +425 / Jon Jones -550 Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Jon Jones and Ovince Saint Preux fight Saturday night during UFC 197 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Jon Jones enters this fight with a 21-1 record and has won 38 percent of his fights by knockout. Jones has won 12 straight fights and is coming off a 2015 win over Daniel Cormier. Jones is averaging 4.26 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 54.5 percent. Jones is averaging 2.3 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 51.5 percent. Jones has had more than a year off due to being suspended for personal issues, so there are questions about ring rust and exactly what type of fighting shape he’s in. However, make no mistake that Jones is probably the best UFC fighter in the world at the top of his game, as his striking attack is extremely powerful and accurate. Jones is also defending 94.5 percent of takedowns. It will be interesting to see how Jones looks after 15 months out of the ring. This will be Jones’ sixth fight in Las Vegas.
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Ovince Saint Preux enters this fight with a 19-7 record and has won 53 percent of his fights by knockout. Saint Preux has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a February win over Rafael Cavalcante. Saint Preux is averaging 2.67 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 51.1 percent. Saint Preux is averaging 1.49 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 53.5 percent. Saint Preux has been quite busy, as this will be OSP’s fourth fight since 2015 and already his second this year. Saint Preux has a nice combination of power and strength, & four of his last eight victories have come by knockout. Saint Preux has improved his grappling game over the years but is still very shaky with his takedown defense. After a couple of tough losses the last few years, this is a chance for Saint Preux to prove he can still hang with the best in the world. This will be Saint Preux’s third fight in Las Vegas.
We all know Saint Preux is no slouch, and he has the powerful striking game that gives him a shot. However, Jones has been pretty much unbeatable throughout his career and should have some built up anger for this fight after missing so much time from the octagon.
The price isn’t cheap, but Jones should win this fight.