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UFC 197: Jones vs Saint Preux took place April 23rd from Las Vegas, Nevada. The original main event was changed when Light Heavyweight Chap Daniel Cormier had to withdraw with an injury. With Cormier out, the main event was changed to former champ Jon Jones facing late replacement Ovince Saint Preux for the interim title. Jones won a one sided decision and now is set once again to face Cormier. In the night’s co-main event, Flyweight Champ Demetrious Johnson earned a TKO win over undefeated challenger Henry Cejudo. Also on the main card, Edson Barboza got his biggest win to date, a decision over Anthony Pettis. Also on the card, former Strawweight Champ Carla Esparza returned defeated Juliana Lima. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Lightweight: Kevin Lee (12-2) defeated Efrain Escudero (25-11) via Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Escudero.
2. Light Heavyweight: Marcos Rogerio de Lima (14-4-1) defeated Clint Hester (11-6) via Tapout (Arm Triangle) at 4:35 of Round 1.
3. Heavyweight: Walt Harris (8-4) defeated Cody East (12-2) via TKO at 4:18 of Round 1.
4. Lightweight: James Vick (9-0) defeated Glaico Franca (14-4) via Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/30-27). We scored it 29-28 Vick.
5. Strawweight: Carla Esparza (12-3) defeated Juliana Lima (8-3) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27). We scored it 30-27 Esparza.
6. Welterweight: Danny Roberts (13-1) defeated Dominique Steele (14-7) via Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Roberts.
7. Flyweight: Sergio Pettis (14-2) defeated Chris Kelades (9-3) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27). We scored it 30-27 Pettis.
8. Featherweight: Yair Rodriguez (8-1) defeated Andre Fili (15-4) via KO at 2:15 of Round 2.
9. Middleweight: Robert Whittaker (17-4) defeated Rafael Natal (21-7-1) via Unanimous Decision (29-28/30-27/30-27). We scored it 29-28 Whittaker.
10. Lightweight: Edson Barboza (17-4) defeated Anthony Pettis (18-5) via Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/30-27). We scored it 29-28 Barboza.
11. Flyweight Title: Demetrious Johnson (24-2-1) defeated Henry Cejudo (10-1) via TKO at 2:49 of Round 1.
12. Interim Light Heavyweight Title: Jon Jones (22-1) defeated Ovince Saint Preux (19-8) via Unanimous Decision (50-44/50-45/50-45). We scored it 50-45 Jones.
Submission of the Night: Marcos Rogerio de Lima
Knockout of the Night: Yair Rodriguez
Fight of the Night: Edson Barboza vs Anthony Pettis