Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone, as UFC Fight Night 104 went down this past weekend (Sat., Feb 4, 2017) inside Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
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Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Dennis Bermudez, who was knocked out by Chan Sung Jung in the very first round of the headlining act of the FOX Sports 1 event (see the full video replay here).
And Alexa Grasso, who saw her momentum and previously undefeated win streak come to an end at the hands of a resurgent Felice Herrig, who dominated the 23-year-old prospect with a brilliant all-around performance (see it again here).
But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover now 48 hours removed from the show?
Ovince Saint Preux.
Originally set to take on Jan Blachowicz, “OSP” was booked to face Volkan Oezdemir instead after Jan bowed out with an injury. While it’s never wise to overlook an opponent, it’s safe to say most in the MMA world felt Saint Preux would end his losing streak against the Octagon rookie.
Volkan made the most of his last-second opportunity and took it to Ovince, hanging with the former title contender. And though he was close to getting in finished in the closing seconds of the fight (recap), he hung in just long enough to escape with a split decision victory.
While many may not have agreed with the decision, it won’t erase the fact that Ovince has now dropped three straight fights inside the Octagon.
Indeed, from fighting for the interim light heavyweight title against “Bones,” then getting knocked out by Jimi Manuwa in his following bout, to four months later running into a determined Volkan, who wasn’t about to lay down for anyone in his Octagon debut.
With three straight losses on his record — four of five overall — “OSP’s” future with the promotion could be in danger, as the new WME-IMG regime is far from done from clearing up space on the roster — and everywhere else — to make way for other fighters.
All that said, I highly doubt the Tennesseean will get his walking papers. Despite his skid, he’s still a legit challenge for any 205-pound fighter on the roster and has the power and ability to turn it around in the blink of an eye.
Just ask “Shogun.”
I highly expect Ovince to get another shot inside the Octagon, and when he does, I’d like to see him face off against Sean O’Connell, who is also riding a three-fight losing streak.
Granted, Sean isn’t the biggest name out there for “OSP,” but those are the types of foes you’re going to get when you’ve dropped three straight. The winner breathes new life into his UFC career, while the other can pretty much kiss it goodbye.
Source:: mma mania