Joe Rogan has sent out a warning to Jon Jones, who is set to face late replacement Ovince Saint Preux (OSP) at UFC 197. He tells Jones not to underestimate his opponent as he has “everything to lose and none to gain.”
Rogan, who is UFC’s energetic commentator, told TMZ Wednesday that if Jones loses to OSP for the interim title in the light heavyweight division, then he loses his chance of reclaiming his belt which is currently held by Daniel Cormier and will give Saint Preux the opportunity for a title shot.
“If [Jon] loses, he probably loses that shot [at the title] I would imagine. Hey, I don’t know…I don’t know how that works but if [the fight is in] the same weight class and OSP beats him, it only makes sense that OSP would be the next guy in line for his shot at the title,” Rogan said.
Jones will face Saint Preux at UFC 197 after Daniel Cormier backed out of the fight citing the lamest excuse possible which is foot injury. Fight experts stated that it was a way for Cormier to stay away from Jones, who is likely to knock him out following his recent run-ins with the law which sentenced him to enroll on an anger management class and do community service in violation of his probation.
With that set aside, Jones promised to remain focus on the task ahead and would fight anyone who would take him inside the Octagon. Rogan added that the fight would have been interesting if it would had Rumble Johnson in but since OSP took on the last minute call, it would also be interesting as OSP also has an impressive record.
Saint Preux, for his part, told MMAfighting Wednesday that he id ready to sacrifice everything as he prepares two weeks for the fight that is set on April 23. He even narrated that he was driving thru KFC when he received the call for the fight and after agreeing to the fight, he did not feel the hunger inside his stomach but rather he felt the hunger that he could possibly get a title shot once he beats Jones.
“I am going to start with an extreme diet or so…I’m feeling confident and pretty good. My coach said I’m going to in deep of the water in preparations for it. An opportunity has presented itself and I’m taking advantage of it,” Saint Preux said.
Saint Preux admitted he got frustrated of not having any of the big fights in the past and now he will prove that he deserve to be in it. Rogan thinks that if Jones loses the fight it could ruin his chances of getting back the title, which he lost after the UFC stripped him of it following a hit-and-run incident last year and was only reinstated six months after the said incident that saw a pregnant woman broke her arm.
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