This Saturday, Jon Jones will return to the UFC octagon for the first time in 15-months when he takes on Ovince Saint Preux for the Interim Light Heavyweight Championship.
Ahead of the highly-anticipated bout, the UFC have this week released a trailer for the fight that will only ramp up the excitement surrounding the 21-1 fighter's return.
Simply entitled 'Bones is Back', the spine-tingling 30 second clip encapsulates everything that has made Jones one of the most revered fighters of his generation. Scroll down this article to see it for yourself.
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'Bones is Back':
Considering all the factors heading into the bout - Jones' long lay off, his failed drugs test, hit and run incident and alleged drag racing antics - it might be easy to forget the things the 28-year-old is capable of.
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Watching the hype video, though, is a reminder of the brutal skill set Jones possesses. With footage showing take downs of the likes of Lyota Machida and Alexander Gustafsson amongst others, it is a timely reminder of why many consider Jones to be one of the best fighters of all time.
Although UFC fans will still watch in their millions as Jones returns to the octagon, there is no denying that the interest would have been even higher had Daniel Cormier not been forced out of the fight through injury.
No disrespect to Saint Preux, but the last 10 seconds of the video would have been even better if it had included Cormier highlights rather than those of the 33-year-old fighter.
Jones, too, is likely ruing a missed opportunity with Cormier ruled out of the event. Speaking this week, the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion went as far as to claim his rival may be faining injury:
"Yeah, I am a little bit (skeptical)," Jones told 'First Take' yesterday. "To this day no one's really positive what his actual injury is.
"I've heard some people say that he's hurt and not actually injured. Supposedly a doctor told him recently that in four weeks he could be completely healed to fight again.
"So when you're healing from something in four weeks time it makes me feel maybe you're not actually injured, maybe you're fighting hurt."
The fact of the matter is, we will likely never know just how serious Cormier's injury is. Perhaps, though, he got a sneak preview of the UFC 197 trailer and simply thought it was wise to step away.
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