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Ovince Saint Preux wants to prove he’s legit at UFC 204

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Last time we saw light heavyweight contender Ovince Saint Preux in the Octagon he suffered a broken arm while losing via unanimous decision to Jon Jones after stepping up on three weeks notice at UFC 197.

Now fully recovered from the arm injury, “OSP” is looking for a spectacular win tonight against American-born English light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa at UFC 204. After fighting the man many considered the best fighter in the world with practically one arm and surviving to tell about it, Saint Preux is out to show how his last loss helped him improve as a fighter.

“A lot of people think that type of fight with Jon, fighting hurt, will break you but it showed me exactly where I’m at and what type of fighter I really am and where I need to be,” Saint Preux said. “Knowing I stepped in on three weeks notice and fought the guy people consider the cream of the crop with a broken arm only inspires me more because I’ve been in tougher fights in my career. My training is on point and I’m very focused because from my last fight I know I’m not that far away from accomplishing my goal of becoming a UFC champion.”

For Saint Preux to get back on track he must first get through Manuwa who hasn’t touched the Octagon since getting knocked out by Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at UFC 191 in September 2015. If Saint Preux is able to secure a solid victory over Manuwa on the card headlined by Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson in Manchester, England, he’s very confident he will get another shot as someone at the top of the division in his next fight which would put him that much closer to securing another title shot.

“This fight is extremely important for me because I feel a win will get me a shot at one of these top dogs with in the next year,” Saint Preux said. “Everybody knows styles make fights and my style makes fights that a lot of people want to see. So I’d love to see how my style matches up with all these guys ranked ahead of me and see what happens. I’m very confident I can secure some big wins and turn some heads going forward.”

Many people are sleeping on this match (and this card in general) but expect “OSP” to be one of the men who shines tonight. I expect him to stop Manuwa by TKO early in the second round to move on to bigger and better things in the light heavyweight division.