Ovince Saint Preux


Draws Gamzatov in Vegas
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 2, 2020
Saint Preux will take on Shamil Gamzatov in a light heavyweight matchup at an event scheduled for August 22 in Las Vegas, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
Saint Preux had been facing a medical suspension after dropping his heavyweight debut to Ben Rothwell last May in Jacksonville, but this booking suggests he's received the proper physician's clearance. He'll now return to light heavyweight for a matchup that was scheduled for UFC Lincoln prior to the pandemic. Gamzatov is an undefeated prospect that formerly spent time in the PFL, and is coming off a split-decision win against Klidson Abreu in his UFC debut last November. As is typical in OSP fights, he will enter with height and reach advantages.
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Could face 180-day suspension
Light HeavyweightUFC
May 14, 2020
Saint Preux was suspended 180 days by the Florida Boxing Commission on Thursday pending a physician's clearance, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
Saint Preux managed to last the full three rounds in his heavyweight debut against Rothwell, even putting together a late flurry that nearly earned him the finish. While a move back to light heavyweight seems imminent, OSP will need to sit out six months first, unless he's cleared by a physician. Florida's athletic commission does not disclose the specifics of injuries, so it's unclear what specifically forced the suspension.
Drops heavyweight debut
Light HeavyweightUFC
May 13, 2020
Saint Preux lost to Ben Rothwell via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC FIght Night on Wednesday in Jacksonville.
OSP's first foray to the heavyweight division was an adventure. His cardio looked poor, and his trademark athleticism was nowhere to be found for the majority of the fight, but he still managed to dish out plenty of punishment on the stationary Rothwell. Saint Preux has one knockout win in the past five years. His power wasn't translating at light heavyweight, and it obviously won't look any better up a class. OSP has been spinning his wheels at 205 pounds for quite some time, but his inability to handle Rothwell doesn't bode well for his future at heavyweight. He would probably be better off dropping back down. OSP is 2-3 in his past five fights.
Gets another new opponent
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 24, 2020
Saint Preux is expected to take on Ben Rothwell in Jacksonville on May 13, MMAFighting.com reports.
Saint Preux was originally scheduled to take on Shamil Gamzatov at UFC Lincoln. However, travel restrictions forced Gamzatov to back out, which resulted in a new matchup versus Ion Cutelaba. That fight was eventually cancelled after the whole event was scratched to the COVID-19 situation. Saint Preux will now draw his attention toward Rothwell who is coming off a controversial victory over Stefan Struve.
Gets new opponent for next fight
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 6, 2020
Saint Preux will now take on Ion Cutelaba at an undisclosed location on April 25, MMAFighting.com reports.
Saint Preux had been scheduled to face Shamil Gamzatov at UFC Lincoln on that date, but plans changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cutelaba was lined up to face Magomed Ankalaev the week prior, but the pandemic changed those plans as well.
Loses opponent for UFC Lincoln
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 4, 2020
Saint Preux will need a new opponent for UFC Lincoln on April 25 after Shamil Gamzatov was forced to drop off the card, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Gamzatov is in Russia and won't be able to attend the event because of the travel restrictions put in place due to coronavirus. Saint Preux last defeated Michal Oleksiejczuk via submission (Von Flue choke) at UFC Copenhagen in September, but he was handed a three-month retroactive suspension for an anti-doping violation in January. The veteran fighter is now set to face a new opponent on three-weeks notice, assuming UFC is able to find one amid the pandemic.