In mixed martial arts, momentum can be a tricky mistress, here one
instant and gone the next. Right now, Ovince St.
Preux has it in his corner.
The fast-rising 28-year-old light heavyweight will carry an
impressive seven-fight winning streak into his featured bout with
Roufusport product Joe Cason at
Challengers 17 on Friday at the Palms Casino Resort in Las
Vegas. St. Preux (Pictured; file photo) wants to keep moving
forward, putting up one victory after another.
“If I want to get anywhere in this sport, then I have to keep
winning, no matter what,” he told Sherdog.com. “So that’s what I
plan to do. I plan to keep on rolling.”
St. Preux (10-4, 4-0 SF) attributes his recent run of success,
which includes one-sided wins over
UFC veterans Benji Radach
Day, to good old-fashioned hard work.
“Nothing more, nothing less,” he said. “I keep training, learning
In Cason, he faces a relative unknown with knockout power. He has
finished all eight of his opponents, five of them in less than a
minute. Cason last fought under the
North American Fighting Championship banner in May, when he
stopped UFC castaway Sean Salmon
on strikes in just 74 seconds. The 23-year-old trains under former
world kickboxing champion Duke Roufus in Milwaukee. He has St.
“I think any fighter can pose a lot of threats from every angle,”
St. Preux said. “I don’t underestimate anyone, so I see Joe as a
serious threat, especially with his hands. He’s got Chuck
Liddell-like power in his hands, so I have to make sure I don’t
let either of them hit me. Brain damage sucks.”
St. Preux, who sports seven first-round finishes on his resume, has
not competed since he outpointed Ron Humphrey
by unanimous decision at Strikeforce
Challengers 13 in January. His last three fights have reached
the judges -- a trend he wants to change.
“I’ve let too many of them go to decisions,” he said, “so I need to
push harder to finish my opponent.”
Like virtually any mixed martial artist, St. Preux has designs on
someday landing in the UFC. Zuffa LLC’s purchase of Strikeforce
in March brought that move one step closer to reality for the
former University of Tennessee linebacker.
“I hope it provides me the opportunity to get into the UFC, if I
deserve it,” St. Preux said. “Like I was saying before about
keeping the wins rolling, if I can do that, then I hope I earn the
right to be in the Octagon with the best fighters in the