By Adam Martin
This weekend at UFC 197, the top two pound-for-pound fighters in the world compete inside the Octagon.
In the main event, the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Jon Jones, returns from his year-plus hiatus to battle Ovince Saint Preux for the interim UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Jones, who never lost his belt but rather had it
stripped due to his outside-the-cage conduct, is 21-1 in his MMA career, including a 15-1 record inside the Octagon with his lone loss coming via controversial DQ. Before he had his title stripped, Jones had defended his title eight times in a row against the best the light heavyweight division has to offer. He was the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, arguably the best fighter of all time in the sport's history, and he regained that spot in the UFC's official rankings once he was reinstated. But he hasn't fought in over a year and hasn't finished a fight in three years, and in a sport where everything changes in a flash, he needs an impressive win over OSP this weekend to keep his place at the top of the P4P charts.
Still, this weekend's card is special. This might be the first time in many years the top two P4P fighters in the world are competing on the same card, so it should be a real treat for the fans. Now let's see what happens, and if if a new P4P champion is crowned, or if the rankings remain the same.
• Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo (UFC Flyweight Championship)
• Jon Jones vs. Ovince St. Preux (UFC Interim Light Heavyweight Championship)
UFC 197: Jones vs. St. Preux (formerly UFC 197: Cormier vs. Jones 2) takes place on April 23, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.