What’s Next for Ovince Saint Preux?

Published 12/06/2020, 9:39 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 05: (L-R) Jamahal Hill punches Ovince Saint Preux 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)


Ovince Saint Preux suffered his 15th professional loss in today’s co-main event of UFC Fight Night against Jamahal Hill. Jason Herzog called a stop to the contest midway through the second round, as Hill overwhelmed ‘OSP’ with strikes. This was St. Preux’s fifth loss in his last eight bouts. He has only managed one win since his spectacular head kick KO win over Corey Anderson back in UFC 217.

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‘OSP’ also tried his run at heavyweight with his single outing in that division coming off as a decision loss to Ben Rothwell. At 37, he has reached the wrong end of his fighting career already. He is currently ranked #15 in the light heavyweight division. St. Preux has previously fought for the interim light heavyweight strap at UFC 197, against Jon Jones, as the latter made his return to the octagon after his long suspension.

Saint Preux started his fight against Hill in a promising way. He maintained the range through his long reach, kept switching stances, and disrupted Hill’s rhythm with kicks. But once Jamahal Hill settled himself, he was too sharp with his boxing and kept hurting his opponent. Midway through the second round he got St. Preux stacked up against the fence and finished him via a barrage of strikes.

Ovince Saint Preux’s fighting future remains questionable

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)

Where does St. Preux go from here remain to be seen. The light heavyweight division is quite stacked at the moment. There is not much chance for him to go high in the rankings in that division. He might try his luck again at heavyweight.

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But the UFC heavyweight division too looks full of killers at this moment. OSP has the size and power to take on all comers, but it seems age is catching up to him. He is not quite fast and swift anymore. He may also try other organizations like Bellator MMA or PFL.

Recently, Corey Anderson signed with Bellator to achieve his dream of becoming a world champion. Things were getting difficult for “Overtime” in the UFC’s light heavyweight division.

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What decision St. Preux takes regarding his MMA future remains to be seen. At this point of his career, it will be hard for him to make a title run anywhere. SO, the fighter should take his time and consider carefully what’s best for him next.

What should ‘OSP’ do? Let us know your thoughts.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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