Ovince Saint Preux


Facing Boser at heavyweight
June 16, 2021
Saint Preux will fight Tanner Boser in a heavyweight bout at UFC Fight Night on June 26, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
OSP was scheduled to face Maxim Grishin in a matchup at light heavyweight, but Grishin was forced to withdraw to due visa issues. Saint Preux will shift to heavyweight to fight his new opponent while coming off a loss to Jamahal Hill in December after missing weight. Boser was in the Octagon only 10 days ago and lost a split decision to Ilir Latifi.
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Returning in June
March 5, 2021
Saint Preux will take on Maxim Graishin at a UFC event scheduled for June 26, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Saint Preux last fought in December, when he missed weight prior to losing to Jamahal Hill via TKO (punches) at UFC on ESPN 19. He now carries a 25-15 record over his career and will face Grishin in June. Grishin faced a similar situation in late February, as he missed weight by 4.5 points prior to losing to Dustin Jacoby via unanimous decision. The two fighters are even in height, but Saint Preux has an advantage in reach.
Hammered after missing weight
December 5, 2020
Saint Preux lost to Jamahal Hill via TKO (punches) at 3:37 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 19 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's been a disastrous past 36 hours for OSP. After missing weight by a pound and a half on Friday, Saint Preux had to forfeit a portion of his purse to Hill in order for this fight to proceed, and he still ended up with a loss on his record. OSP spent the first round-plus switching stances and firing off plenty of leg kicks in hopes of keeping the younger, faster Hill on the outside, but that facade crumbled late in the second frame when Hill pinned him up against the fence and unloaded with everything but the kitchen sink. Saint Preux never went down, but referee Jason Herzog was right on top of it and correctly waived the fight off. Now 37 years old, OSP has essentially reached gatekeeper status. The former Division I football player is 2-4 in his past four fights dating back to October 2018.
Misses weight
December 4, 2020
Saint Preux missed weight ahead of Saturday's fight against Jamahal Hill, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
There's no word at this point as to any consequences that might come of this for OSP, but the fight will still go on. OSP is coming off a KO of Alonzo Menifield back on Sept. 5 bringing his career record to 25-14.
Next fight on tap
October 21, 2020
Saint Preux will face Jamahal Hill (suspension) in a light heavyweight bout at a UFC event scheduled for Dec. 5, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Saint Preux defeated Alonzo Menifield via KO (punch) in his most recent fight in September, but he's been fairly inconsistent with a 25-14 record during his career. He'll face a formidable opponent in Hill, who is coming off a six-month suspension after testing positive for marijuana. Hill is undefeated over eight fights in his career, most recently defeating Klidson Abreu via TKO (punches) in a dominant showing in May. Saint Preux has a reach advantage, while Hill has an advantage in height.
Counter hook sleeps opponent
September 5, 2020
Saint Preux defeated Alonzo Menifield via KO (punch) at 4:07 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
OSP was in control of this fight from the outset, keeping the shorter Menifield at range and picking him off with kicks to the legs and body. Saint Preux had this fight so locked down it was in danger of becoming boring right before Menifield charged in and got absolutely floored by a left hook that left him face down on the mat. As nice as the knockout was, this fight looked very similar to other recent OSP bouts, where the former title-challenger is just sort of safe and methodical until the fight is brought to him. If he wants to see a title shot in what is now a wide open light heavyweight division, he needs to get back to being on the offensive. Saint Preux improves to 25-14 as a result of the win.