The fight between former UFC light heavyweight interim title challenger Ovince Saint Preux and Swiss newcomer Volkan Oezdemir which looks primed to steal the main event.
The fight wasn’t set up conventionally– Polish veteran Jan Blachowicz was the man originally handed the task to handle Saint Preux, who is possibly much better understood by his shortened acronymic name “OSP.” But, Blachowicz was forced to take out of the fight on January 21st with an injury.
What makes this story even more intriguing is the fact Oezdemir was readying to weigh in for a Titan FC bout till the promotion’s COO Lex McMahon scrapped the fight in order to go shopping the fighter’s services to the UFC.
As communicated to Marc Raimondi for MMAFighting, McMahon was more than delighted dismantle his co-headline fight for the advantage of his fighter. “We have this tagline at Titan: fans, fighters initially,” McMahon said. “There comes a time when you have to be more than simply marketing. You need to imply what you say.”
” I felt that Volkan actually had an opportunity to obtain to the UFC if he had a good efficiency,” McMahon stated. “Just since of scenario, he really wasn’t getting that opportunity.
” He should have the opportunity, guy. That’s the bottom line. I thought he truly was worthy of the chance.”
With a record of 12-1– one that includes ten preliminary finishes, nine which by knockout– Oezdemir may be an unknown quantity to those following the UFC alone, but he has actually built quite the credibility on both the European circuit and in the USA with his two Bellator looks.
On paper, this fight could look hurriedly put together– common of a last-minute redeployment– and you could even maybe call it an inequality, provided OSP’s experience versus the level of fighter supplied on the UFC roster. But, with Oezdemir’s striking abilities and penchant for knockouts, the Swiss could well posture a huge issue for OSP.
Saint Preux has actually sustained a tough time in the sport of later with his last 2 performances seeing him drop a decision against the returning Jon Jones in a contest for the interim UFC light heavyweight title, before suffering a knockout at the hands of British brawler Jimi Manuwa at UFC 204. There is no pity in losing to Jones like OSP had actually– specifically provided the broken arm he suffered early in the fight– but the Manuwa loss would have been a bitter pill to swallow.
OSP started life in the UFC on a tear– winning his very first 4 fights in the promotion after being obtained by the UFC in the Strikeforce merger. He made his name an essential in the light heavyweight division once he destroyed Mauricio “Shogun” Rua by KO in an outstanding return bout following a dull decision loss to Ryan Bader last time out.
However, with 3 losses in his last four battles, this depression in form has actually supplied OSP plenty food for believed as he looks to kickstart his career once again.
St. Preux by Submission ROUND 2