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What’s next for UFC 174’s Ovince St. Preux?




OSP made a great first impression in his UFC PPV debut a couple of months back in Dallas. The Volunteer submitted Nikita Krylov in just under a minute and a half with the ultra rare Von Flue Choke. It earned him a $50K performance of the night bonus and another opportunity to open up a PPV.

This time around he’d have a tough task in front of him in the form Ryan Jimmo; a much more polished light heavyweight than Krylov, and a former two-time defending champion for Mark Pavelich’s Maximum Fighting Championship.

A hard-fought first round between both men ended with a take down by OSP that likely gave him the round on the judges scorecards. The second round was all St. Preux, for all two minutes and ten seconds of it.

Here’s what St. Preux had to say about his finish of Jimmo:

“The finish was just a chicken wing like we all used to do in high school wrestling back in the day……After this finish, and the Von Flue choke previously, I’m sure a lot of people will expect the unexpected. The truth is that I work out in an unorthodox gym with unorthodox guys, and this is normal for us. That’s beginners stuff for me.”

This was St. Preux’s fifth consecutive victory dating back to his KO over T.J. Cook back at Strikeforce ‘Rousey vs. Kaufman‘. So, what’s next for the man who owns the second longest winning streak inside of the UFC light heavyweight division? The obvious match up would be the other big winner from UFC 174’s pay-per-view, Ryan Bader, who dominated Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante for three full rounds. Obvious isn’t fun though.

After jumping right into his new career as a mixed martial artist in the fall of 2008, OSP went 3-4 during his first year. Since then he’s gone 13-1 with his lone loss coming against former three promotion champion Gegard Mousasi. It’s time for OSP to get another shot against a big name like Mousasi.

If St. Preux is serious about getting a title shot sometime down the road he has to get past Glover Teixeira. The former #1 contender just had his chance against Jon Jones this past Spring and he’s going to need a rebound fight against a formidable opponent.

The toughest fighter out of Hackleman’s Pit present day is just as dangerous standing as he is on the mat. He put together an impressive 20-fight win streak that consisted of 18 finishes before being bested by Jon Jones. A loss against Teixeira for OSP at this point in his career doesn’t set him back. It’s the test he needs, the test he’s prepared for, and it’s the fight Teixeira needs to get himself back into the hunt. That’s how we kill two birds with one stone.

cover image credit – Adam Brimer