Two UFC light heavyweights coming off disappointing losses to the same top-10 contender will get the chance to redeem themselves at a Fight Night event in Brazil. Ovince St. Preux and Rafael Cavalcante recently fell victim to the wrestling prowess of Ryan Bader and will be looking to make amends when they square off against each other on Nov. 8. Bader recorded takedowns at will against “Feijao” at UFC 174, and he used that same game plan to stifle “OSP” in their main event clash at Fight Night 47 to secure unanimous decision victories against both men.
St. Preux’s lackluster performance in his first headlining effort in Bangor, Maine derailed the hype that he had been getting after posting four straight Octagon triumphs. He’d won 13 of 14 fights heading into the matchup against “Darth”, but the flaws in his takedown defense were very apparent. On the bright side, the matchup against Cavalcante has the makings of being more of a stand-up battle. St. Preux should be allowed to showcase more of his offensive skills against the Brazilian who also prefers to engage in striking battles.
Cavalcante is just 1-2 in his current UFC tenure, but the former Strikeforce champion does possess some serious punching power. All 12 of his career victories have been produced by finishes, including 11 knockout triumphs. He’s registered impressive stoppages against Yoel Romero and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. This will mark his third Octagon appearance on home soil. “Feijao” was knocked out by Thiago Silva but responded from that adversity by stopping Igor Pokrajac in the first round. Cavalcante’s go-for-broke style has backfired at times as he has been knocked out on three occasions.
This matchup has the potential for fireworks as both competitors will be looking to make amends for poor showings in their last appearances. If St. Preux and Cavalcante want to solidify themselves as top-10 contenders in the 205-pound division, they’ll need to put on an impressive show at Fight Night 56.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports