After all, Jones was making his return to the Octagon after 15 months of felony hit-and-run charges, drag racing, and an overall lack of judgement. To see him step inside of the cage after dealing with all of that obviously commanded the spotlight at UFC 197.
But the spotlight often shines brightest on those who have earned it. And considering Ovince Saint Preux went five rounds with "Bones" on three weeks notice and with a broken arm suffered in the second round, it's safe to say the former University of Tennessee football star has earned the undying respect and attention of the mixed martial arts (MMA) world.
The Light Heavyweight contender recently took to Twitter to weigh in on his own efforts:
We didn't get the win, but not for lack of trying. Going 5 rounds w/ the p4p with a broken arm is not an easily accomplished task...— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) April 28, 2016
Some people wouldve caved, but when you want something bad enough youll risk losing an arm for it. Cant say I dont have the heart of a champ— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) April 28, 2016
For what it's worth, OSP is currently on the promotion's good list. He came through and stepped in against the best in the world at UFC 197, and could easily cash in on his newly found notoriety for a big fight later in 2016.