Ovince Saint Preux’s life changed in the most mundane of ways. That is, what changed was monumental, but how it happened was not.
As UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier fell out of his main event bout against Jon Jones at UFC 197 due to injury, the opportunity was presented to the man affectionately known as OSP.
And how did it come to pass that OSP got word the fight was going to be his?
“I was just out running some errands and stuff. I actually pulled up to the drive-thru. I was at KFC,” the Haitian-American confessed on Monday’s The MMA Hour.
“Then after that the lady asked me what I wanted. I went ahead and paid the lady, then kinda took off. I didn’t want the food anymore. I was like, ‘I think I’m going to have to start to do an extreme diet.'”
That’s probably a safe bet. The bout is less than three weeks away, something that makes the challenge even more daunting than it already is. But to hear OSP tell it, he’s as upbeat as one could be despite the weight of the world on his shoulders.
“I’m feeling pretty confident. I’m feeling really good. My coaches are throwing me into the deep end of the waters. It’s going to be like that for the next two weeks and I’m well prepared for it.
“Fights like this don’t come around that often,” he noted. “An opportunity presented itself. I’m definitely taking advantage of it.”
To Saint Preux, that’s the key consideration. Late notice is not an optimum way to take a fight, but it may be the only way to get a fight like this.
“It’s something that we wanted,” he said of he and his team. “It’s something that we’re pretty excited about. Like I said, it’s one of the opportunities that ….View full article
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