Ovince St. Preux continues to emerge as one of the brightest prospects in the UFC light heavyweight division. OSP made it a perfect 4-0 during his Octagon tenure by recording a second-round stoppage of Ryan Jimmo at UFC 174. Jimmo verbally submitted after sustaining a broken arm during the bout.
St. Preux has showcased a strong all-around game and has now vaulted into the top-10 rankings after this latest effort. He bloodied his opponent in the opening round with strong left hands and landed some strong leg kicks as well. Jimmo apparently sustained the injury blocking one of OSP’s head kicks.
The end came as both fighters were scrambling on the ground, when “Big Deal” verbally called out twice to the referee that he had broken his arm. St. Preux was working from the mount position and locked in a kimura on Jimmo for good measure just as the referee was halting the proceedings.
OSP has now won 13 of his last 14 fights, with the lone loss during that impressive stretch coming back in 2011 against standout current UFC middleweight contender Gegard Mousasi. St.Preux has emerged as a tough challenge for any light heavyweight competitor because of his power, slick submission skills, and long reach.
I think a strong matchup to consider for St. Preux’s next Octagon appearance is a showdown against Ryan Bader. The no. 8-ranked Bader made it back-to-back victories by shutting down Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante in Vancouver to earn a unanimous decision win. Both fighters seemed on board with the idea of meeting one another in the aftermath of their UFC 174 triumphs, so it should be an easy fight to book.
St. Preux’s stock continues to rise with each UFC performance, and he’s definitely become a fighter to keep an eye on in the 205-pound landscape.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports