Best Picks for UFC 197 Jon Jones vs Ovince Saint Preux

Best Picks for UFC 197 Jon Jones vs Ovince Saint Preux

Written by on April 21, 2016

The MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas is the site of UFC 197, in which Jon Jones, the world’s bets pound for pound fighter, steps back into the Octagon. The fight that everyone wanted to see pitted Jones with Daniel Cormier, his nemesis, so they could fight the rematch of their title bout from last summer. However, Cormier, the current champion, is injured and will not be able to take on Jones. So now Jones takes on Ovince Saint Preux for an interim belt, but that doesn’t make the fight any less tempting. Find out the latest UFC betting lines here.

Best Picks for UFC 197 Jon Jones vs Ovince Saint Preux

UFC 197: April 23, 2016Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NVTV: UFC Fight PassRadio: NoneLive Stream: UFC Fight PassUFC Odds: Jones (-550) vs St. Preux (+425) 

Why should you put your money on Jon Jones (-550)?

There are many UFC observers who consider Jones the best fighter on Earth. He did spend a long time resolving some legal and personal issues that kept him out of the ring. However, he did a profile article recently with Rolling Stone magazine that showed a lot of his new training regimen, and he looks a lot more focused and disciplined than he seems to have been going into the Cormier bout. Remember — Cormier only took the title because Jones failed a drug test after the fight. In their bout, Cormier really only won one round, but Jones dominated him the rest of the way.

Why should you bet on Ovince Saint Preux (+425)?

This is a huge line, for one thing, so why not put down a bet on the heavy underdog? After all, Mike Tyson got upset by some underdogs, and in an atmosphere like MMA, you never really know what is going to happen — just ask Ronda Rousey. Saint Preux is having to come into the fight on short notice, because Cormier was supposed to be on the other side of the card, but he appears to be in solid shape, and he does have some quality wins of his own, such as his defeats of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Patrick Cummins. It is true that Jones represents a new echelon of fighter, but the earlier wins have been impressive, and he has a gambler’s chance of pulling out a win against Jones, who could show some rust after a year away.

Expert Pick and Final Prediction

I really don’t see any way that Saint Preux wins this fight, given Jones’ discipline, talent and resolve. I don’t know if it will be a KO, but I’m predicting a big win for Jon Jones.