On Friday night, news broke that the current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier had suffered an injury to his knee and would no longer be able to defend his title against Jon Jones at UFC 197 on April 23rd.
On Saturday UFC officials announced that Ovince Saint Preux would be stepping up on short-notice to challenge Jon Jones for the UFC's interim light heavyweight title at the event.
UFC President Dana White explained to ESPN’s SportsCenter why the promotion decided to make “OSP” vs. “Bones” a five-round main event for the promotions interim light heavyweight title. His words:
“It will [be for the interim title]. It will still be the main event. It will be five rounds for the light heavyweight interim title. Jon has never lost his title in the Octagon. He was stripped of his title because of problems outside. We think it’s the right thing to do. It’s not [Jones’] fault Cormier is injured. He will fight for the interim light heavyweight title and then when Cormier comes back, they’ll decide who the real champ is.”
Does this make sense to you?
Is the interim title legitimate?