Before former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones steps inside the cage tonight (Sat., April 23, 2016) against Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Nevada, for the first time in more than one year, a portion of the event's "Prelims" undercard will take place on Fight Pass starting at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Find out what happened right here as the "Prelims" recaps roll in live:
Cody East vs. Walt Harris
In the only Heavyweight bout on the UFC 197 card, UFC newcomer and "Lookin' for a Fight" defector East was unable to outlast the power of Harris (8-4) late into the first round, succumbing to a nasty technical knockout via ground-and-pound after getting caught on the feet. Despite the loss, East (12-2) offered a lot in his Octagon debut, showcasing fluid striking, versatility with his kicks, and tight combinations inside. However, Harris packs some serious power and it showed tonight.
Clint Hester vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
It didn't take long at all for de Lima (14-3-1) to spoil Hester's Light Heavyweight debut, choking "Headbussa" out with 25 seconds left in Round 1 via arm triangle choke. The finish was impressive to say the least, but even more so considering the Brazilian landed 34 significant strikes before securing the finish. Hester (11-6) landed zero punches and seemed lost off his back. This is the third-straight fight that the former TUF participant has been finished inside of the Octagon. He'll be forced back to the drawing board after this one as de Lima establishes himself as an up-and-coming threat at 205 pounds.
Efrain Escudero vs. Kevin Lee
In a matchup between Lightweight hopefuls looking to avenge a recent loss, veteran Escudero (24-11) was able to ward off Lee's seven inch reach advantage on the feet with aggression, timely control against the cage, and an ability to land big shots. But with a big third round in his pocket, built around a tenacious takedown, consistent ground-and-pound, and a late-fight submission attempt, Lee (12-2) was able to squeak out a unanimous decision win, despite Escudero landing a total of 85 significant strikes.
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