Ovince Saint Preux
Taking on Oleksiejczuk in Denmark
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 15, 2019
The UFC announced Monday that Saint Preux (23-13-0) is slated to face Michal Oleksiejczuk (14-2-0, 1 NC) in a light heavyweight fight Sept. 28 at UFC Copenhagen.
ANALYSIS
Saint Preux returns to the Octagon riding a two-fight losing streak, with his most recent setback coming in April at UFC 236 in Atlanta, where he lost via submission to Nikita Krylov. The 36-year-old should be in store for a tough test against Oleksiejczuk, who has gone 2-0-1 since signing with the promotion. Oleksiejczuk would have an unblemished record if not for a failed drug test that resulted in his unanimous decision victory over Khalil Rountree at UFC 219 being overturned.
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Struggles continue in loss to Nikita Krylov
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 13, 2019
Saint Preux lost to Nikita Krylov via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:30 of Round 2 at UFC 236 on Saturday in Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
OSP has had some poor performances during his time with the UFC, but this may have been the worst of all. After controlling the first four minutes of the bout with his wrestling, Saint Preux's energy suddenly evaporated and he was rendered totally useless for Round 2. OSP provided virtually no resistance on the rear-naked choke that ended the fight. As has been the case from the very start, Saint Preux is an excellent athlete with limited MMA abilities. Sporting a 1-3 record in his last four fights dating back to February 2018 and having turned 36 years old last week, OSP is finished in terms of impacting the 205-pound title picture.
Looking to bounce back in Atlanta
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 12, 2019
Saint Preux will take on Nikita Krylov in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC 236 on April 13 in Atlanta, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Saint Preux is coming off a loss to hyped prospect Dominick Reyes in October. The veteran was supposed to face Misha Cirkunov at UFC 235, but was forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury. He'll catch a break here, though, getting re-booked just weeks after that cancellation. OSP's striking numbers don't match up to those of Krylov, so look for him to try and get the fight to the mat where he can work his submission skills. While OSP has a three-inch reach advantage, his edge in length won't be as pronounced in his one, as both men enter the cage standing at 6-3. A win here should get the 35-year-old back in the top-10 of the 205-pound division.
Withdraws from UFC 235
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 10, 2019
Saint Preux has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled matchup against Misha Cirkunov due to an undisclosed injury, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The two were originally scheduled to throw down at UFC 235 on March 2, but now the promotion is actively looking for a replacement opponent for Cirkunov. Few details of OSP's injury have emerged, making it difficult to estimate a timetable for return.
To fight at UFC 235
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 3, 2019
Saint Preux has been booked to fight Misha Cirkunov in a light heavyweight bout at UFC 235 on March 2.
ANALYSIS
Saint Preux most recently lost to Dominick Reyes via unanimous decision at UFC 229 back in October, and the 35-year-old has now lost two of his last three fights after rattling off three straight. While he'll now be matched up with a fighter in Cirkunov, who boasts an impressive 5-2 record in UFC, Saint Preux will serve as Cirkunov's toughest test to date.
Not competitive in loss to Dominick Reyes Saturday
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 6, 2018
Saint Preux lost to Dominick Reyes via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 229 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
OSP was doomed by a slow start. He spent the vast majority of Round 1 serving as a punching bag for Reyes and he was unable to recover in Rounds 2 and 3. Realizing he was getting picked apart on the feet, Saint Preux tried to lean on his grappling game. That strategy failed miserably as he ended up going 1-for-11 on his takedown attempts. It was an all-around dismal effort from a fighter that has struggled with consistency throughout his time with the company. There is zero reason to believe that the 35-year-old Saint Preux will suddenly get his act together.