Ovince St. Preux

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Ovince St. Preux
Born (1983-04-08) April 8, 1983 (age 31)
Miami, Florida
Other names OSP
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division Light Heavyweight
Reach 80.0 in (203 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Team Knoxville MMA
Years active 2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 22
Wins 16
By knockout 7
By submission 5
By decision 4
Losses 6
By knockout 1
By decision 5
Amateur career
Total 5
Wins 5
By knockout 3
By submission 1
Other information
University University of Tennessee
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ovince St. Preux (born April 8, 1983) is a Haitian-American mixed martial artist who competes in the Light Heavyweight division for the UFC. He was well known for competing in the now-defunct Strikeforce promotion, going 6–1 under that banner, in addition to competing for XFC and Shark Fights. He is currently #10 in official UFC Light Heavyweight rankings.[2]

Background[edit]

St. Preux was born in Miami, Florida, to Haitian immigrant parents.[3] He attended Immokalee High School in Immokalee, Florida, where he wrestled, played defensive end for the football team, and ran track. As a wrestler, he compiled a record of 26-1, and was the state's 1A runner-up in his weight class. During his senior year in football, he registered 75 tackles, including a school-record 18 sacks, and was named All-State. In track, he competed in the 110-meter hurdles, the 300-meter hurdles, the discus throw, and the 4x400 relay.[4]

St. Preux played college football for the Tennessee Volunteers from 2001 to 2004. After redshirting in 2001, he played primarily as a reserve at both defensive end and linebacker.[5] He earned varsity letters in 2002 and 2004, appearing in seventeen games during his college career.[6] He graduated in 2004 with a degree in sociology, and began to train in kickboxing and grappling.[7]

After two unsuccessful attempts at professional football, St. Preux gave up the sport and began to take an interest in martial arts as a form of training. St. Preux, who currently trains at Knoxville Martial Arts Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee, began to fight professionally at the suggestion of his coach.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ovince's professional mixed martial arts debut came at VFC 1: Vengeance Fighting Championship against Rodney Wallace, which he lost by decision. In his second MMA match, he suffered another decision loss. His next match came against Robert Turner which he won by a brutal head kick at XFC 7: School of Hard Knox. St. Preux was a runner-up for Inside MMA's Submission of The Year for 2009 with a calf slicer against Ombey Mobley, but was beaten by Toby Imada's reverse triangle.

Strikeforce[edit]

In June 2010, Ovince signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce.[8] His debut match came against Chris Hawk at Strikeforce: Nashville, which he won due to TKO (punches) in the first round.

After knocking out UFC veteran Jason Day in eight seconds outside the Strikeforce organization, he returned to fight Antwain Britt in his second Strikeforce fight on a ShoMMA Strikeforce Challengers event. He won by unanimous decision.[9]

Ovince returned to action less than a month after his win over Britt to fight UFC and Strikeforce veteran Benji Radach on the main card of Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II.[10] St. Preux defeated Radach via unanimous decision.

St. Preux competed in his third Strikeforce fight in less than seven weeks and faced Abongo Humphrey on January 7, 2011, at Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine.[11] He won the fight via unanimous decision. This three fight series over a seven week period marked the only time a Strikeforce fighter competed on three successive shows.[12]

St. Preux faced Joe Cason on July 22, 2011, at Strikeforce Challengers: Bowling vs. Voelker III.[13] He won the fight via submission to strikes in the first round. In his post-fight interview, St. Preux asked for either Renato Sobral or Gegard Mousasi as his next opponent.

St. Preux next fought Gegard Mousasi on December 17, 2011, at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal.[14] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

St. Preux fought T. J. Cook on August 18, 2012, at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman. He won the fight via third round KO with a punch.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In January 2013, the Strikeforce organization was closed by its parent company Zuffa with a majority of the Strikeforce fighters being brought over to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

For his UFC debut, St. Preux faced fellow promotional newcomer Gian Villante on April 27, 2013, at UFC 159.[15] The fight ended in unusual fashion as St. Preux accidentally poked Villante in the right eye with his thumb and referee Kevin Mulhall immediately called an end to the fight after asking Villante if he could see. As a result of the injury, the fight went to the judges' scorecards and St. Preux won a majority technical decision.[16]

For his second bout with the promotion, St. Preux faced Cody Donovan on August 17, 2013, at UFC Fight Night 26.[17] He won the fight via knockout at 2:07 in the first round.

St. Preux was briefly linked to a bout against Thiago Silva on January 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 35.[18] However, Silva pulled out of the bout less than 24 hours after the announcement.[19] The match against Silva was rescheduled for March 15, 2014 at UFC 171.[20] However, the rescheduled bout was cancelled on February 7, 2014 after Silva was arrested by Florida police on attempted murder charges.[21] St. Preux instead fought Nikita Krylov at the event, winning in the first round with a Von Flue choke.[22] The rare submission win also earned St. Preux his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[23]

For his fourth fight, St. Preux faced Ryan Jimmo on June 14, 2014 at UFC 174.[24] He won the fight in the second round when Jimmo verbally submitted due to a broken arm as a result of blocking one of St. Preux's kicks.

St. Preux faced Ryan Bader on August 16, 2014 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 47.[25] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 16–6 Ryan Bader Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St. Preux August 16, 2014 5 5:00 Bangor, Maine, United States
Win 16–5 Ryan Jimmo Submission (kimura) UFC 174 June 14, 2014 2 2:10 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 15–5 Nikita Krylov Technical Submission (Von Flue choke) UFC 171 March 15, 2014 1 1:29 Dallas, Texas, United States Performance of the Night
Win 14–5 Cody Donovan KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen August 17, 2013 1 2:07 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 13–5 Gian Villante Technical Decision (majority) UFC 159 April 27, 2013 3 0:33 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 12–5 T. J. Cook KO (punch) Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman August 18, 2012 3 0:20 San Diego, California, United States
Loss 11–5 Gegard Mousasi Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal December 17, 2011 3 5:00 San Diego, California, United States
Win 11–4 Joe Cason Submission (punches) Strikeforce Challengers: Bowling vs. Voelker III July 22, 2011 1 1:12 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–4 Abongo Humphrey Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine January 7, 2011 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 9–4 Benji Radach Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II December 4, 2010 3 5:00 St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 8–4 Antwain Britt Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Ribeiro November 19, 2010 3 5:00 Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Win 7–4 Jason Day KO (punches) EFC 5: Summer Rumble July 24, 2010 1 0:08 Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada
Win 6–4 Claudio Cunha Godoy TKO (arm injury) Washington Combat: Battle of the Legends May 15, 2010 1 5:00 Washington, D.C., United States
Win 5–4 Chris Hawk TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Nashville April 17, 2010 1 0:47 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 4–4 Brett Chism TKO (punches) GTO Cage Fights February 20, 2010 1 1:15 Griffin, Georgia, United States
Loss 3–4 Virgil Zwicker TKO (punches) Top Combat Championship 1 September 26, 2009 2 0:46 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Loss 3–3 Nik Fekete Decision (unanimous) Vendetta Fighting Championship: A Night of Vengeance September 5, 2009 2 5:00 Oranjestad, Aruba
Win 3–2 Jonathan Smith Submission (rear-naked choke) Vendetta Fighting Championship: A Night of Vengeance September 5, 2009 1 0:46 Oranjestad, Aruba
Win 2–2 Ombey Mobley Submission (calf slicer) XFC 8 April 25, 2009 1 2:36 Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Win 1–2 Robert Turner KO (head kick) XFC 7 February 20, 2009 1 2:36 Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Loss 0–2 Ray Lizama Decision (unanimous) Shark Fights 2 December 13, 2008 3 3:00 Amarillo, Texas, United States
Loss 0–1 Rodney Wallace Decision (unanimous) Vengeance Fighting Championship 1 September 27, 2008 3 5:00 Concord, North Carolina, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 174 Johnson vs. Bagautinov". UFC.com. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  3. ^ a b "Ovince St. Preux Talks Haitian Roots and Future in MMA".  by Ed Knapp, July 19, 2011. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
  4. ^ "2001 Tennessee Signees," 2001 Tennessee Volunteers Football Guide, p. 133.
  5. ^ "2004 Squad," 2004 Tennessee Volunteers Football Guide, p. 124.
  6. ^ Individual Career Football Statistics, UTSports.com. Retrieved: 10 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Strikeforce Challengers: Ovince St. Preux vs. Antwain Britt Booked for November 19 in Jackson," MMA Mania, 29 October 2010.
  8. ^ "Ovince St. Preux Signs Multi-Fight with Strikeforce," Strikeforce.com.
  9. ^ Jack Bratcher, "Ovince St. Preux Shows Continual Improvement With 'Strikeforce Challengers 12' Co-Main Event Victory," PROMMANOW.com, 20 November 2010.
  10. ^ "Benji Radach vs. Ovince St. Preux Added to Strikeforce Fight Card". MMAWeekly.com. 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  11. ^ "St. Preux-Humphrey Fills Injury Gap at Jan. 7 ‘Challengers’". sherdog.com. 2010-12-14. 
  12. ^ "Ovince St. Preux wins his third fight in seven weeks to keep him run going". MMAbay.co.uk. 2011-01-08. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  13. ^ "Joe Cason vs. Ovince St-Preux targeted for July's Strikeforce Challengers 17 event". mmajunkie.com. 2011-06-25. 
  14. ^ "Ovince St. Preux vs. ex-champ Gegard Mousasi booked for Dec. 17 Strikeforce event". mmajunkie.com. 2011-09-20. 
  15. ^ "Ovince St. Preux meets Gian Villante in battle of Strikeforce vets at UFC 159". mmajunkie.com. February 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Ovince St. Preux pokes Gian Villante's eye, awarded win". mmajunkie.com. April 27, 2013. 
  17. ^ Jason Floyd (June 4, 2013). "Ovince St-Preux vs. Cody Donovan added to UFC on FS1 #1". themmareport.com. 
  18. ^ Staff (2013-11-20). "Thiago Silva vs. Ovince St. Preux added to UFC Fight Night 35 in Georgia". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  19. ^ Staff (2013-11-21). "Thiago Silva scratches from UFC Fight Night 35 co-main opposite Ovince St. Preux". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  20. ^ Tom Ngo (2013-12-07). "Thiago Silva vs. Ovince St. Preux Re-Booked for UFC 171". 5thround.com. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  21. ^ Staff (2014-02-07). "UFC's Thiago Silva jailed in Florida on four charges, including attempted murder". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  22. ^ Matt Erickson, "UFC 171 Results: Ovince St. Preux Puts Nikita Krylov to Sleep with Von Flue Choke," MMA Junkie, 15 March 2014.
  23. ^ Staff (2014-03-16). "UFC 171 bonuses: Hendricks, Lawler, St. Preux, Bermudez win $50,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  24. ^ Staff (2014-05-02). "Ryan Jimmo vs. Ovince St. Preux added to UFC 174 in Vancouver". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  25. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-06-18). "Ryan Bader, Ovince St. Preux headline UFC Fight Night in Maine". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 

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