Three More Rounds: Bryce's post fight thoughts. UFC 197 has come and gone, and there are a few things to take away from this: 1. What happened to "Showtime?"
After a third straight loss, now coming from the lightning-fast Edson Barboza, Anthony Pettis once again goes back to the drawing board. While he looked slightly better against Barboza than his prior two, "Showtime" again looked like a shadow of his championship-winning form. It's a good start to the rebuilding process when Pettis announced he will be training part time at Jackson-Winklejohn, the Mecca of MMA elite, but one has to wonder what the next move is for the former lightweight champion. 2. What's left at Flyweight?
Another contender and another victory for Demetrious Johnson. With this win over Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo, "Mighty Mouse" has essentially torn through the Flyweight division, seemingly delegitimizing it further. Whether this is from an underdeveloped division or just a sensational fighter, how much is left at 125? He's beaten the number one contender, Joseph Benavidez, twice (including the fastest KO in the division's history) and the only one in the top six he has not fought is Jussier Formiga, very little competition remains for Johnson. Maybe he'll try 135 again? Maybe he'll stay at 125 and keep demolishing his competition? Whatever happens, it is certain that a fighter with picture-perfect technique and game plans will step into the octagon with the intent to win. 3. JON BONES BONES WLXUWJFUQJX!
Jon Jones is back! He defeated Ovince St. Preux via decision, and while he looked rusty, "Bones" got better and better as the fight went on. When Daniel Cormier had to withdrawal due to injury, most felt that Jones would follow suit, as he doesn't typically take fights on short notice. He pleasantly surprised the MMA community when he announced that he would like to remain in the main event spot of the PPV, so OSP was given the opportunity. Even though he faltered, OSP should be congratulated for taking the youngest UFC champion ever the distance. This was merely the first step for Jones, with the ultimate goal now being eyed at UFC 200 in July. Daniel Cormier, who guest commentated the main event alongside Mike and Joe, should worry, because Jon Jones is comin'.