Ovince Saint Preux To Shift To UFC Heavyweight Division- Will Fight Tanner Boser On Short Notice

Published 06/17/2021, 1:45 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 05: (R-L) Ovince Saint Preux punches Jamahal Hill in a light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on December 05, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Former UFC light heavyweight title contender Ovince Saint Preux will move to the heavyweight division to face Tanner Boser at UFC Vegas 30. The development comes after Preux’s earlier opponent in light heavyweight, Maxim Grishin pulled out from their clash on June 26. Although the withdrawal reasons are still unknown. (via MMA Junkie)

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 04: Ovince Saint Preux poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 04, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Preux’s last appearance in the octagon came at UFC Vegas 16. He fought in a light heavyweight clash against Jamahal Hill, where he suffered a defeat via TKO. Boser, meanwhile direly needs a win after suffering back-to-back defeats against Andrei Arlovski and Ilir Latifi, respectively.

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Preux has already once applied his trade in heavyweight last year when he fought against Ben Rothwell. The match ended on the negative side for the former.

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Ovince Saint Preux vs Tanner Boser- recent stats

OSP (25-15) is a UFC veteran and has already fought once for the light heavyweight title against Jon Jones. Recently, he has blown hot and cold in his last few matches. The veteran has scored 2 wins and 2 losses in his last 4 fights.

He fought against Michal Oleksiejczuk at UFC Fight Night 160. He showed excellent grappling exhibition and caught the latter in a shoulder choke in round 2.

OSP then fought against Ben Rothwell, in a first for him in heavyweight at UFC Fight Night 171. The fight went the distance and after three rounds, Rothwell picked up a split decision win.

In order to get back to winning ways, the light heavyweight veteran fought against Alonzo Menifield at UFC Fight Night 176. He picked up an impressive KO win in round 2.

In pursuit to continue his winning momentum, the American then faced an undefeated Hill at UFC on ESPN 19. The latter dominated the former en route to a TKO win by punches.

Meanwhile, Boser is on a 2 fight skid since his back-to-back wins in 2020. He won against Philipe Lins at UFC on ESPN 12 via KO in round 1. He continued his excellent striking display against Raphael Pessoa in his next match at UFC on ESPN 14 as picked up a TKO win.

Boser’s skid started with a loss against Andrei Arlovski at UFC on ESPN 17. After a hard-fought battle, he bowed out in unanimous decision loss. His last fight came against Ilir Latifi recently at UFC Fight Night 189 where he lost via split decision.

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He will be looking to add an impressive name in Preux in his resume of wins. Both will be desperate for a win in order to survive in the promotion.

Who do you see prevailing in the end?

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