Jones to face Saint Preux for interim title

Jon Jones will take on Ovince Saint Preux in the main event of UFC 197 on April 23 for the interim light heavyweight title.

Jones was supposed to face Daniel Cormier, but the light heavyweight champion pulled out of the event with an apparent leg injury.

Should Jones defeat Saint Preux and become the interim light heavyweight champion, he will get the opportunity to unify the title when he faces Cormier later this year.

It is understood that the UFC had a number of replacements in mind, with the first choice being Anthony Johnson, but UFC president Dana White revealed that Johnson underwent oral surgery recently and will not be able to put the mouthpiece in his mouth for at least three weeks.

Saint Preux will head into the fight on the back of a unanimous decision win over Rafael Cavalcante at UFC Fight Night 82 in February.

Jones, on the other hand, has not fought since his unanimous decision win over Cormier at UFC 182 in January 2015 as he was suspended in April of that year for his involvement in a hit and run incident in Albuquerque, which left a pregnant woman with a broken arm.

Jones was only reinstated in October last year, but has found himself in trouble with the law on two occasions, with the first coming on January 31, where he was cited for driving without a license, registration and proof of insurance.

Fast forward to March 24 and Jones was cited for drag racing, exhibition driving, weaving, failing to properly display his license and modifying his exhaust pipe.

Upon appearing at the New Mexico Second Judicial District Court on Thursday, Jones agreed to attend anger management and driver improvement courses, while also doing 60 hours of community service within three months.