Two light heavyweights coming off impressive efforts will look to keep the momentum rolling when they meet at UFC 174. Ryan Jimmo will battle Ovince St.Preux on the June 14 card in Vancouver. Jimmo most recently netted a Performance of the Night bonus after blasting out Sean O’Connell at the TUF Nations Finale in Quebec City. OSP also picked up a bonus check at UFC 171 when he choked out Nikita Krylov in the first round of their matchup in Dallas.
“Big Deal” made quite an Octagon debut at UFC 149 when he recorded a stunning seven-second knockout of veteran Anthony Perosh. Jimmo has gone 2-2 since that time and is looking to string together victories in a bid to possibly crack the top-15 rankings. His biggest test to date came against Jimi Manuwa in a fight that was halted in the second round when Jimmo suffered a leg injury against the powerful “Poster Boy.”
Jimmo has a solid 19-3 career record with 10 finishes by way of knockout or submission. Unfortunately, he has shown some inconsistency in his UFC tenure as he can look spectacular one night and rather ordinary in his next appearance.
St. Preux is on a strong run with the UFC having recorded three straight victories to move into the No. 14 slot in the rankings. Besides the win over Krylov, he’s also defeated Gian Villante and Cody Donovan. St.Preux is an athletic 205-pound competitor who is steadily improving his all-around game.
He has 11 finishes in his 15 career victories and is currently riding a four-fight win streak. Since struggling in the early stages of his career, St. Preux has won 12 of his last 13 fights with the only loss during that impressive stretch coming against the dangerous Gegard Mousasi.
This one has the potential to be an entertaining scrap. Both fighters are looking to make a name for themselves in the 205-pound ranks, and a victory should give the winner some attractive future options.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports