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UFC 204 fight card: Ovince Saint Preux vs Jimi Manuwa full fight preview

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight knockout artists Ovince Saint Preux and Jimi Manuwa will brawl this Saturday night (Oct. 8, 2016) at the UFC 204 pay-per-view (PPV) event inside Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.

“OSP” has risen through the ranks in large part due to his impressive athleticism, but he’s faltered against the division’s elite. He’s coming off a tough loss in his last bout, so St. Preux will be looking to bounce back here.

Manuwa is in a similar position. Though he’s without the marquee wins of his opponent, Manuwa climbed into the top ten by being a ferocious striker and natural athlete. He’s hit the same wall at opposite the division’s elite and will also be looking to return to the win column.

Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for both men:

Ovince Saint Preux
Record: 19-8
Key Wins: Mauricio Rua (UFC Fight Night 56), Patrick Cummins (UFC on FOX 15), Ryan Jimmo (UFC 174)
Key Losses: Jon Jones (UFC 197), Glover Teixeira (UFC Fight Night 73), Ryan Bader (UFC Fight Night 47)
Keys to Victory: Saint Preux is one of the larger and more powerful men in the division. An extremely powerful kicker, the Southpaw has some dangerous hands and powerful takedowns as well.

He’s not the most technically deep fighter around, but “OSP” is explosive and has some nice tricks up his sleeve.

In this bout, Saint Preux needs to really mix up his game. In a pure kickboxing match, Manuwa is likely the more refined striker, as this is one of the division’s few men who can stand up to Saint Preux’s kicks and match his athleticism. With that in mind, Saint Preux needs to transition from kicking at range into the clinch. He cannot try to close the distance simply by moving forward, or he’ll run into hard counters, but ….View full article

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