Ovince Saint Preux is not holding back when it comes to his fellow fighter in the light heavyweight decision. At the age of 32 and with a record of 19 professional wins and 7 loses, the former college footballer has told MMAFighting that he's tired of waiting for a big fight.
Coming off the back of a unanimous decision over Rafael Cavalcante at UFC Fight Night 82, OSP is anxious to get back into the ring and thinks he knows the reason why the UFC can't find him a fight.
"I get it, guys in my division are scared to fight me, I get that. I’m breaking people’s arms and choking people out with stuff they ain’t ever seen. But c’mon [UFC matchmaker] Joe [Silva] make someone man up and fight me."
In a bid to speed up the process, St Preux has singled out a list of fighters that he feels should step up the plate and face him in the octagon. Although losing to Bader via decision, the Knoxville, Tennessee fighter is eager for a rematch.
"Gustafsson, Bader, Manuwa and Latifi don’t have fights lined up. I’d love to rematch Bader, because he’s a great fighter and he’s not afraid of anyone. If not those guys, how about Josh Barnett or Travis Browne? I know those guys in the heavyweight division aren’t afraid to throw down."
Since his loss at the hands of Bader, OSP has staged a resurgence, winning three of his last four bouts. He was hoping to replace the injured Shogun Rua at UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa Bay, against Rashad Evans but the UFC opted for Glover Teixeira. Something that hurt OSP, as the fight is particularly close to his hometown.
I didn’t get called about the Rashad fight, though it’s basically in my hometown of Immokalee and they knew I wanted that fight. I didn’t get offered the Lil’ Nog fight even though I’ve got a win over the guy he’s fighting now and fighting Lil’ Nog would be a dream fight for me. Now I see Corey Anderson has got a fight lined up and he just gifted a win over Tom Lawlor.
The promotion has assured his trainer and manager Joey Zonar that they'll be in contact when a fight is scheduled, but until then it looks like OSP will be hitting the gym.
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