This is the card where Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier were supposed to rematch to see who the undisputed light heavyweight champion of the UFC really is. The MMA Gods on Mount Xyience didn’t want this to happen, and DC had to pull out due to an injury. Now we have an interim light heavyweight title on the line in a fight between Jon Jones and Ovince Saint Preux. The co-main slot of UFC 197 features a flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Henry Cejudo.
Some other fights on the card worth looking at include Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis, Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whittaker, Andre Fili vs. Yair Rodriguez, Chris Kelades vs. Sergio Pettis, and Carla Esparza vs. Juliana Lima.
UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux begins Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 6:30 PM ET with three prelim fights on UFC Fight Pass, followed by four televised preliminary fights at 8:00 PM ET, and the main card Pay-Per-View portion of the event begins at its usual time of 10 PM ET.
If you don’t have a cable or satellite subscription and you want to live stream the fights, chances are you’ll have to use a DNS service to do this through UFC Fight Pass.
Simply put, the UFC blacks out UFC Fight Pass subscribers from watching televised live streams on Fight Pass due to television deals it has in those countries. Fortunately, using a DNS service–much like one that you would use to access American Netflix or Hulu from outside the United States–can unlock these fights and allow you to live stream them from inside your existing Fight Pass account.
My favorite DNS service is Unlocator and I’ve been using it for almost two years now. It’s easy to configure whether you’re using a phone, tablet, streaming device, computer, or want to configure the DNS service at the router level.
Unlocator is available with a seven-day free trial for new users, so you don’t even need to pay for anything to unlock the televised prelims tonight. After testing it out and seeing just how easy it is to use and how well it works, monthly, six-month, and yearly Unlocator subscriptions are available to purchase.
There shouldn’t be a UFC 197 fight companion podcast for this event since Joe will be working. I highly doubt that Brendan Schaub, Bryan Callen, and Eddie Bravo will do a fight companion podcast on their own, but stranger things have happened. I will update this blog post if I hear of anything.