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Fighter on Fighter: Breaking down UFC 197’s Ovince St. Preux

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MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst — and aspiring professional fighter — Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC 197 headliner Ovince St. Preux, who looks to shock the world this Saturday (April 23, 2016) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Explosive knockout artist, Ovince St. Preux, will battle with former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strap-hanger, Jon Jones, in an interim 205-pound title war this Saturday (April 23, 2016) at UFC 197 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This is a wild turn of events for “OSP.” After losing his pivotal match up with Glover Teixeira last Summer, St. Preux has fought just once, taking an uninspired decision victory over Rafael Cavalcante.

Now, he’s fighting the greatest Light Heavyweight of all time for a title that Jones never lost.

It’s certainly a major opportunity, so let’s take a closer look at St. Preux’s skill set and see how he stacks up with “Bones.”

Striking

He’s far from the most technical kickboxer in the world, but St. Preux is definitely a dangerous striker. He’s at his best when looking to counter strike — the man does have an 80-inch reach after all — but his wild punches are also difficult to deal with simply because it takes such a single clean connection for him to end the fight.

To understand St. Preux’s offense, it’s important to note that he’s mostly a one-handed fighter. From the Southpaw stance, “OSP” leads with long straights or reaching hooks. When he’s the aggressor, St. Preux is positively lunging into these strikes (GIF). On occasion, he’ll shoot out a jab — a stiff, dangerous one — but that’s not particularly common.

When forced to lead, St. Preux’s technique sometimes goes out the window. Suddenly, he’s throwing himself out of his stance and off-balance. ….View full article

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