Ovince Saint Preux may have lost his fight with Jon Jones over the weekend, but he has gained a bit of respect from the fighting world. As it turns out, OSP fought more than three rounds with a broken arm.
Joey Zonar, OSP's coach, confirmed with Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting that OSP broke his left arm in the second round of his interim title fight with Jones. OSP went on to lose the bout via unanimous decision.
Zonar is currently unsure if surgery on OSP's arm will be needed.
The broken arm was first mentioned by UFC president Dana White, who stated that it was a possibility immediately after the fight. OSP was not able to make the post-fight press conference.
White later confirmed FOX Sports via Twitter:
Going the distance with the former UFC light heavyweight champion with a broken arm has raised OSP's stock considerably, according to White. To say it's impressive would be an understatement.
Saint Preux, who's 19-8 after this weekend, was coming of a win by unanimous decision over Rafael Cavalcante back in February. At 33, the light heavyweight competitor has wins over the likes of Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Patrick Cummins.
OSP's post-fight injuries were pretty serious, but Jon Jones did not manage to escape unscathed either. The kicks that caused the majority of the damage to OSP's arm actually proved to be pretty painful for Jones too.
"Right away my shins were swollen, my left shin was swollen, my left foot was swollen, and when my adrenaline came down, I felt some serious pain,” Jones said.
If you factor in that OSP went the distance, fought with a broken arm, and did all of this on two weeks notice, it's safe to say that Saint Preux's star has risen in a big way.
Next to actually winning the interim belt, this is likely the best possible scenario he could have hoped for. Once OSP has healed, the light heavyweight division could really open up to him after this fight.
It's safe to say, if OSP keeps up this tenacity, another chance at the title is in his future.