This weekend, Ovince St. Preux (@003_OSP on Twitter) will step inside the Strikeforce cage to face the former Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi as part of the stacked Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal fight card in San Diego, California. Representing Knoxville Martial Arts Academy, 11-4 St. Preux will look to prove a point about his future as one of the best 205'ers on the planet.
Twenty-eight year old Ovince St. Preux turned his career around after fighting six times (!) in 2010, improving his Mixed Martial Arts record from 3-4 to a more appropriate 9-4. In 2011, St. Preux recorded two important victories against Abongo Humphrey and Joe Carson that eventually solidified his place on the Light Heavyweight landscape.
Speaking in an interview to LowKick.com, St. Preux gave Gegard Mousasi the credit for being the biggest name he ever faced inside the cage or ring. Haiti-born Ovince St. Preux expects a well-rounded game from Mousasi, who he considers as one of the 10 best Light Heavyweights in MMA.
"It's definitely safe to say that Mousasi is the biggest name I fought in my career," said St. Preux. "Everyone knows he's one of the Top 10 guys out there. He's a great challenge for me as a fighter. He will try to impose his will with striking, but he's one of those guys who also have a very good ground game too. With him I have to be prepared for a war in both stand up and on the ground."
According to St. Preux, 31-3-2 "Dreamcatcher" has every required attribute to live up to the expectations of being his toughest test to date. However, OSP promises not to give Mousasi any extra credit inside the cage:
"I've been in some wars and what not, but I learned that there are also veterans out there who will give you a hell of a fight," admitted Ovince St. Preux, who will mark his sixth fight under the Strikeforce banner against Mousasi. "I fought Benji Radach and went to distance with him. It was a very tough fight. Mousasi comes forward and throws a lot. With this being said, I'm going out there to show him I'm not scared of anyone."
If victorious against Mousasi, Ovince St, Preux will set himself on a 10-fight winning streak that will be more than enough to raise his stock as one of the potential contenders for the currently vacant Strikeforce Light Heavyweight title or a place in the UFC. For St. Preux, all options are open.
"I think a devastating victory this Saturday could put my name on the line for that title shot. But at the same time, I don't really know what's going to happen," said St. Preux. "It's one fight at the time, and like I said, I don't know what's going to happen. If Strikeforce tell me to fight for the belt, I'll do it. If they tell me to wait, I'll wait."
Finally, St. Preux revealed his prediction for the fight, claiming he would love to hand Gegard Mousasi his first KO/TKO defeat.
"You know, it's always hard to predict fights, but looking at Gegard Mousasi's record his only losses are [via] submission or decision. I think just like any other fighter out there, I would like to finish my fight with a knockout."
Don't forget to tune in to LowKick.com for more Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal coverage. The event will take place this weekend at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California, and will be aired LIVE on Showtime starting 10PM EST.
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