OSP is one of the most underrated fighters in the UFC. Saint Preux’s bout against Tyson Pedro on Saturday showed that he is a superb 205 pound talent. But is this really new information?
For some time now, Ovince Saint Preux has been carving out a niche for himself as light heavyweight’s submission specialist. OSP has submitted a variety of tough opponents in numerous different ways. He has even become adept at the rare Von Flue choke, which he ended two fights with back to back.
His latest outing against Tyson Pedro ended when he submitted his opponent with a Kimura. The most special thing about this though was that he had to endure an early striking barrage from Pedro that almost ended the fight.
It is one thing to make a comeback and get a TKO, but it is possibly more impressive to make a comeback and win by submission. The ability to fight through adversity is the mark of a champion.
Sometimes a fighter’s stock goes up even when they lost the fight. This was certainly the case in his interim title fight against Jon Jones. OSP went the distance with one of the most naturally gifted fighters ever. That is something of a moral victory.
OSP has had some pretty bad luck. He lost the opportunity to face Daniel Cormier and was badly knocked out by Jimi Manuwa and Volkan Oezdemir.
People have a tendency to write fighters off when they lose. That is not the right attitude. OSP’s losses are to some of the toughest competition in the light heavyweight division.
He will work his way back up to the top of the division. He could make for an intriguing match with anyone in the top 10 at 205 pounds.