Ovince Saint Preux challenges the world, wants any fight he can get
After having a knockout and win streak snapped in August by Glover Teixeira, light heavyweight contender Ovince Saint Preux is eager to get back into the UFC Octagon. OSP is so eager, in fact, that he’s willing to fight just about anyone, at any number of weight classes.
"I’m healthy, I’m motivated, and I can’t wait to fight again," he told UFC Tonight, through his coach Joey Zonar.
"When do I want to fight again? I’d fight tomorrow if someone would step up. When [heavyweight contender] Stipe [Miocic] got hurt [before last week’s UFC Dublin card] I tried to get Joey to set up me as the replacement fight vs. [Ben] Rothwell. Who do I want to fight? Anyone.
"Light heavyweight, heavyweight, whoever. There’s a card in Florida in December [How about] Me vs. [former 205lbs champ] Rashad Evans? He’s ranked number six, and I’m ranked number five. That makes sense."
Should Saint Preux not get that date, he has a backup date in mind. "There’s a card in London in February," he offered.
"Me vs. Jimi Manuwa makes sense. Heck, everyone else is calling out Michael Bisping. I’ll fight Bisping, too."
By challenging so many specific names, OSP isn’t trying to be picky. To the contrary, he simply wants to let the UFC and the world know that he is willing to fight anyone, anywhere, at any time.
Whoever the UFC match makers give him next, count on the 32-year-old to accept the bout. "The UFC has never called about a fight and I’ve said no," he insisted.
"It’s not in me to not want to compete. Especially now that I’m coming off of a loss. I just want to get back in the cage, knock someone out, and get back to winning."