Ovince Saint Preux
Ovince Saint Preux (born April 8, 1983) is a Haitian-American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the light heavyweight division of the UFC. A professional competitor since 2008, Saint Preux has also formerly competed for Strikeforce, the XFC, and Shark Fights. He is known for his unorthodox fighting style, and has gained notability and notoriety for having won multiple (4) fights using the rare Von Flue choke submission.
|Ovince Saint Preux|
Saint Preux in 2017
|Born||April 8, 1983|
Immokalee, Florida, U.S.
|Nationality||American and Haitian|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Division||Light heavyweight (2008-present)|
Heavyweight (2020 - present)
|Reach||80 in (203 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Team||Knoxville Martial Arts Academy|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rafaello Oliveira|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||University of Tennessee|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Saint Preux was born in Immokalee, Florida, to Haitian immigrant parents. He attended Immokalee High School in Immokalee, Florida, where he wrestled, played defensive end for the football team, and ran track. As a wrestler, he compiled a record of 26–1, and was the state's 1A runner-up in his weight class. During his senior year in football, he registered 75 tackles, including a school-record 18 sacks, and was named All-State. In track, he competed in the 110-meter hurdles, the 300-meter hurdles, the discus throw, and the 4x400 relay.
Saint Preux played college football for the Tennessee Volunteers from 2001 to 2004. After redshirting in 2001, he played primarily as a reserve at both defensive end and linebacker. He earned varsity letters in 2002 and 2004, appearing in seventeen games during his college career. He graduated in 2004 with a degree in sociology, and began to train in kickboxing and submission grappling.
After two unsuccessful attempts at professional football, Saint Preux gave up the sport and began to take an interest in martial arts as a form of training. Saint Preux, who currently trains at Knoxville Martial Arts Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee, began to fight professionally at the suggestion of his coach.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Saint Preux compiled an undefeated amateur MMA record of 5-0 before making his professional MMA debut at VFC 1 against Rodney Wallace, which he lost by decision. In his second MMA match, he suffered another decision loss. His next match came against Robert Turner which he won by a brutal head kick at XFC 7: School of Hard Knox. Saint Preux was a runner-up for Inside MMA's Submission of The Year for 2009 with a calf slicer against Ombey Mobley, but was beaten by Toby Imada's reverse triangle.
After knocking out UFC veteran Jason Day in eight seconds outside the Strikeforce organization, he returned to fight Antwain Britt in his second Strikeforce fight on a ShoMMA Strikeforce Challengers event. He won by unanimous decision.
Saint Preux returned to action less than a month after his win over Britt to fight UFC and Strikeforce veteran Benji Radach on the main card of Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II. Saint Preux defeated Radach via unanimous decision.
Saint Preux competed in his third Strikeforce fight in less than seven weeks and faced Abongo Humphrey on January 7, 2011, at Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine. He won the fight via unanimous decision. This three fight series over a seven-week period marked the only time a Strikeforce fighter competed on three successive shows.
Saint Preux faced Joe Cason on July 22, 2011, at Strikeforce Challengers: Voelker vs. Bowling III. He won the fight via submission to strikes in the first round. In his post-fight interview, Saint Preux asked for either Renato Sobral or Gegard Mousasi as his next opponent.
Saint Preux fought T. J. Cook on August 18, 2012, at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman. He won the fight via third-round knockout with a punch. Saint Preux compiled a record of 5-1 within the promotion.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
For his UFC debut, Saint Preux faced fellow promotional newcomer Gian Villante on April 27, 2013, at UFC 159. The fight ended in unusual fashion as Saint Preux accidentally poked Villante in the right eye with his thumb and referee Kevin Mulhall immediately called an end to the fight after asking Villante if he could see. As a result of the injury, the fight went to the judges' scorecards and Saint Preux won a majority technical decision.
Saint Preux was briefly linked to a bout against Thiago Silva on January 15, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 35. However, Silva pulled out of the bout less than 24 hours after the announcement. The match against Silva was rescheduled for March 15, 2014 at UFC 171. However, the rescheduled bout was cancelled on February 7, 2014, after Silva was arrested by Florida police on attempted murder charges. Saint Preux instead fought Nikita Krylov at the event, winning in the first round with a Von Flue choke. The rare submission win also earned Saint Preux his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
For his fourth fight, Saint Preux faced Ryan Jimmo on June 14, 2014, at UFC 174. He won the fight in the second round when Jimmo verbally submitted due to a broken arm as a result of blocking one of Saint Preux's kicks.
Saint Preux was expected to face Rafael Cavalcante on November 8, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 56. However, Cavalcante pulled out of the bout citing injury and was replaced by Francimar Barroso. However, on October 29, it was announced that Saint Preux would step up to replace an injured Jimi Manuwa in the main event against Maurício Rua. Despite being the underdog and fighting in Rua's home country of Brazil, Saint Preux won the fight via knockout just 34 seconds into the first round. Shogun's loss to Preux was the fastest defeat of his professional career. The win also earned Saint Preux his second Performance of the Night bonus award.
Saint Preux faced Glover Teixeira on August 8, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 73. He lost the back-and-forth fight by submission in the third round. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Saint Preux was tabbed as a short notice injury replacement to face Jon Jones for the interim light heavyweight title on April 23, 2016, at UFC 197 filling in for Daniel Cormier. Saint Preux lost via unanimous decision. Saint Preux's coach revealed that Saint Preux's arm was broken in the second round.
Saint Preux was expected to face Jan Błachowicz on February 4, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 104. However, Błachowicz was pulled from the fight in mid-January and replaced by promotional newcomer Volkan Oezdemir. Saint Preux lost the fight via split decision. 14 of 16 MMA media outlets scored the fight for Saint Preux.
Saint Preux faced Marcos Rogério de Lima on April 22, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 108. He defeated de Lima due to a Von Flue choke submission in the second round. With this win, Saint Preux is the only fighter to successfully win via Von Flue choke twice in the UFC.
A rematch with Maurício Rua was expected to take place on September 23, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 117. The bout was changed after Rua suffered an injury and was promptly replaced with Yushin Okami. Saint Preux won the fight via Von Flue choke in the first round, marking his third win via this submission. This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.
Saint Preux stepped in to replace Patrick Cummins in a fight against Corey Anderson on November 4, 2017, at UFC 217. After winning the first round by landing the more effective strikes and rocking Anderson in the final seconds and losing the second round due to Anderson's wrestling, Saint Preux won the fight via a head kick knockout in the opening minute of the third round. This win earned him a $25,000 Performance of the Night bonus award.
Saint Preux was expected to face Ilir Latifi on January 27, 2018, at UFC on Fox 27. However, Latifi was injured during a training session and he was forced to pull out from the bout. As a result, the bout was cancelled. The pair was rebooked and the bout took place on February 24, 2018 at UFC on Fox 28. Saint Preux lost the fight via technical submission in the first round.
Saint Preux was expected to face Misha Cirkunov on March 2, 2019, at UFC 235. However, on February 11, it was announced that Saint Preux suffered an injury and was pulled from the fight. He was replaced by Johnny Walker.
Saint Preux faced Michał Oleksiejczuk on September 28, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 18. He won the fight via submission due to a Von Flue choke in the second round; thereby extended his ending with this submission to a record four wins. The win also earned Saint Preux his sixth Performance of the Night bonus award.
Saint Preux was suspended for three months by USADA for tested positive for Ostarine and S-23, the family of selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs), where the prohibited subsistence was found from a tainted supplement. The suspension retroactive from October 25, 2019 and he was eligible to fight again on January 25, 2020.
Saint Preux was expected to face Shamil Gamzatov on April 25, 2020. However, Gamzatov was forced to pull from the event due to COVID-19 pandemic travel restriction, and Saint Preux was pulled from the event and was scheduled to meet Ion Cuțelaba at the event. However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed to a future date. On April 24, 2020, it was revealed that the fight against Cuțelaba was cancelled due to Cuțelaba not being allowed to leave his home country of Moldova due to a pandemic travel ban.
Saint Preux was scheduled to face Shamil Gamzatov on April 25, 2020. However, Gamzatov was forced to pull from the event due to COVID-19 pandemic travel restriction  The match was rescheduled on August 22, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 15. However, for unknown reason, Gamzatov was pulled from the bout and he was replaced by Alonzo Menifield. Just hours before the event was scheduled to begin, it was announced that the bout was canceled due to Saint Preux testing positive for COVID-19. The bout eventually took place on September 5, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 176. Saint Preux won the fight via knockout in the second round. This win earned him a Performance of the Night award.
Championships and achievementsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Performance of the Night (Seven times) vs. Nikita Krylov, Maurício Rua, Yushin Okami, Corey Anderson, Tyson Pedro,Michał Oleksiejczuk, and Alonzo Menifield
- Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Glover Teixeira
- Most Von Flue choke submission victories in UFC history (4)
- Tied for most submission victories in UFC Light Heavyweight division history (5) (w. Jon Jones, Glover Teixeira, Paul Craig and Misha Cirkunov)
- Tied for most stoppage wins in UFC Light Heavyweight division history (11) (w. Glover Teixeira)
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|39 matches||25 wins||14 losses|
|Win||25–14||Alonzo Menifield||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Sakai||September 5, 2020||2||4:07||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Return to Light Heavyweight. Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||24–14||Ben Rothwell||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira||May 13, 2020||3||5:00||Jacksonville, Florida, United States||Heavyweight debut.|
|Win||24–13||Michał Oleksiejczuk||Submission (Von Flue choke)||UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Cannonier||September 28, 2019||2||2:14||Copenhagen, Denmark||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||23–13||Nikita Krylov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 236||April 13, 2019||2||2:31||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||23–12||Dominick Reyes||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 229||October 6, 2018||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||23–11||Tyson Pedro||Submission (straight armbar)||UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards||June 23, 2018||1||2:54||Kallang, Singapore||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||22–11||Ilir Latifi||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens||February 24, 2018||1||3:48||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Win||22–10||Corey Anderson||KO (head kick)||UFC 217||November 4, 2017||3||1:25||New York City, New York, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||21–10||Yushin Okami||Technical Submission (Von Flue choke)||UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami||September 23, 2017||1||1:50||Saitama, Japan||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||20–10||Marcos Rogério de Lima||Submission (Von Flue choke)||UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov||April 22, 2017||2||2:11||Nashville, Tennessee, United States||Catchweight (210 lb) bout; de Lima missed weight.|
|Loss||19–10||Volkan Oezdemir||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie||February 4, 2017||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Loss||19–9||Jimi Manuwa||KO (punch)||UFC 204||October 8, 2016||2||2:38||Manchester, England|
|Loss||19–8||Jon Jones||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 197||April 23, 2016||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the interim UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||19–7||Rafael Cavalcante||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson||February 6, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||18–7||Glover Teixeira||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux||August 8, 2015||3||3:10||Nashville, Tennessee, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||18–6||Patrick Cummins||KO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold||April 18, 2015||1||4:54||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||17–6||Maurício Rua||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Saint Preux||November 8, 2014||1||0:34||Uberlândia, Brazil||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||16–6||Ryan Bader||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Saint Preux||August 16, 2014||5||5:00||Bangor, Maine, United States|
|Win||16–5||Ryan Jimmo||Submission (kimura)||UFC 174||June 14, 2014||2||2:10||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||15–5||Nikita Krylov||Technical Submission (Von Flue choke)||UFC 171||March 15, 2014||1||1:29||Dallas, Texas, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||14–5||Cody Donovan||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen||August 17, 2013||1||2:07||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||13–5||Gian Villante||Technical Decision (majority)||UFC 159||April 27, 2013||3||0:33||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Inadvertent eye poke rendered Villante unable to continue.|
|Win||12–5||T.J. Cook||KO (punch)||Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman||August 18, 2012||3||0:20||San Diego, California, United States|
|Loss||11–5||Gegard Mousasi||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal||December 17, 2011||3||5:00||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||11–4||Joe Cason||TKO (submission to punches)||Strikeforce Challengers: Voelker vs. Bowling III||July 22, 2011||1||1:12||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–4||Abongo Humphrey||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine||January 7, 2011||3||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||9–4||Benji Radach||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II||December 4, 2010||3||5:00||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Win||8–4||Antwain Britt||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Ribeiro||November 19, 2010||3||5:00||Jackson, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||7–4||Jason Day||KO (punches)||EFC 5: Summer Rumble||July 24, 2010||1||0:08||Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada|
|Win||6–4||Claudio Cunha Godoy||TKO (arm injury)||Washington Combat: Battle of the Legends||May 15, 2010||1||5:00||Washington, D.C., United States|
|Win||5–4||Chris Hawk||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce: Nashville||April 17, 2010||1||0:47||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||4–4||Brett Chism||TKO (punches)||GTO Cage Fights||February 20, 2010||1||1:15||Griffin, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||3–4||Virgil Zwicker||TKO (punches)||Top Combat Championship 1||September 26, 2009||2||0:46||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|Loss||3–3||Nik Fekete||Decision (unanimous)||VFC: A Night of Vengeance||September 5, 2009||2||5:00||Oranjestad, Aruba|
|Win||3–2||Jonathan Smith||Submission (rear-naked choke)||VFC: A Night of Vengeance||September 5, 2009||1||0:46||Oranjestad, Aruba|
|Win||2–2||Ombey Mobley||Submission (calf slicer)||XFC 8||April 25, 2009||1||2:36||Knoxville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||1–2||Robert Turner||KO (head kick)||XFC 7||February 20, 2009||1||2:36||Knoxville, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||0–2||Ray Lizama||Decision (unanimous)||Shark Fights 2||December 13, 2008||3||3:00||Amarillo, Texas, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Rodney Wallace||Decision (unanimous)||VFC 1||September 27, 2008||3||5:00||Concord, North Carolina, United States|
Mixed martial arts amateur recordEdit
|Amateur record breakdown|
|5 matches||5 wins||0 losses|
|Win||5–0||Todd Smart||KO (punches)||KOTC: Reckless||May 17, 2008||1||1:28||Greenville, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||4–0||Mike Cormier||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC: Reckless||May 17, 2008||1||2:59||Greenville, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||3–0||Joe Miller||KO||Warrior FC 77||March 22, 2008||1||1:03||Monticello, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||2–0||Chris Stanton||TKO (punches)||Mixed Martial Arts in the Valley 8||March 15, 2008||1||2:07||Cherokee, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||1–0||Daniel Crockett||Decision (unanimous)||Crossing the Line V||November 16, 2007||3||3:00||Bristol, Virginia, United States||Won the CTL Amateur Championship.|
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