Ovince Saint Preux is on a 2 fight losing streak, but that doesn’t seem to matter to him. All that matters is getting back into the mix of things in the UFC light heavyweight division. It could start with an OSP win this weekend against UFC newcomer, Volkan Oezdemir.
Currently, OSP sits in the #6 spot in the UFC light heavyweight division. While a win over Oezdemir is good for his career, it will do nothing for him in the rankings. Saint Preux just wants to get on track and put himself in the title conversation. After the Jon Jones loss, he looks to have gained a sense of where he should be in the division, on the most recent episode of UFC Unfiltered.
“I’m feeling good. It’s one of them things. Especially my loss against Jon (Jones). I took the fight on two and a half weeks notice. A lot of people were like, “What would you take that fight for?” This is the opportunity of a lifetime! Coming off that loss, I learned. I learned that I definitely belong up here. I definitely belong with these top fighters, up here. He’s supposed to be the best, but yet, I went all five rounds with him. Two and a half rounds with a broken arm and i still feel like i came out on top.”
Any time a fighter comes off of a loss, the questions begin swirling around in their heads and that self doubt can ruin careers. OSP grasps the concept of losing in professional sports and realizes the time in MMA is more unique than other sports.
“You know, I played football. You can have a guy in week three, go 10-25 and have the worst game of his life. Then the next week, come back and go 30-35, with the game winning touchdown. You get within a week to redeem yourself. When you are within those other sports, your highs and lows come and go. In combative sports like boxing and mixed martial arts or whatever. When you do those, you have to wait months and months to actually come back from that. Athletes are athletes, but I think it puts us in a different tier.”
He’s so totally correct. MMA is unique when it comes to time, practicing, and pretty much everything else imaginable. Saint Preux sounds like he has it all in perspective and his head is in a good place leading up to his fight with Volkan.
This Saturday night, OSP brings his 19-9 record into the Octagon for Ultimate Fight Night on the FS1 main card.