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Daniel Cormier Injured, Jon Jones Now Faces Ovince St Preux at UFC 197


(“For those that think it’s that easy to matchmake.” via the Jackson-Wink Twitter)

With the UFC set to hold two of the most stacked cards in promotional history in the coming weeks – UFC 198 and UFC 200 — there’s been an overwhelming feeling that shit was all but destined to hit the fan in one capacity or another. “Conor McGregor suffers another ACL tear.” “Nate Diaz shot backstage at Snoop Dogg concert.” “Fabricio Werdum retires amidst actual prostitution scandal.” These were all headlines that we could have seen coming over the weekend, because this sport is nothing if not an unpredictable circus.

What you might not expect, however, is that the bad luck that always finds its way to MMA would trickle down to an unrelated fight card, like say, UFC 197. Which, with the MMA Gods being the vengeful, sadistic asshole that they are, is of course what happened.

Thanks to a lower leg injury suffered in training, Daniel Cormier has been forced out of his UFC 197 title fight rematch with Jon Jones.

The announcement of Cormier’s withdrawal was made late Friday night. In an interview with MMAFighting published this morning, the light heavyweight champ elaborated on what exactly led him to withdraw from the fight.

“I was in practice sparring and I kicked one of my partners [with an] inside low kick and he checked it. And I fell down, and I was ‘ahh, that was painful,’ and [trainer] Bob Cook was laughing. We get kick checked all the time. Sometimes you bruise your shin, and in a couple days it passes.”

“I get up to try to spar again, and another guy did a little front kick to my shin,” Cormier continued. “And when he did it I fell to the ground again, and I said, okay, this hurts a little bit more than normal, so I’m going to probably stop sparring. So I stopped sparring.”

After undergoing a series of MRI’s, Cormier was diagnosed with a torn leg ligament and given a 4-6 week recovery time.

Not wanting to lose yet another main event to injury, the UFC quickly booked the only available top 10 light heavyweight, Ovince St. Preux, to step in on just a few weeks’ notice.

Currently 3-1 in his past 4 with high-profile wins over Rafael Cavalcante and Mauricio Rua, OSP is relishing the opportunity, telling MMAJunkie that “He’s a beast, and I’m a beast, too. We both can do some beast (expletive).”

Well said, OSP.

In the meantime, Jones and Cormier have been needling the absolute shit out of each other on Twitter, so we’ll be sure to keep an eye on that for any more “developments.”

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Daniel Cormier Injured, Jon Jones Now Faces Ovince St Preux at UFC 197


(“For those that think it’s that easy to matchmake.” via the Jackson-Wink Twitter)

With the UFC set to hold two of the most stacked cards in promotional history in the coming weeks – UFC 198 and UFC 200 — there’s been an overwhelming feeling that shit was all but destined to hit the fan in one capacity or another. “Conor McGregor suffers another ACL tear.” “Nate Diaz shot backstage at Snoop Dogg concert.” “Fabricio Werdum retires amidst actual prostitution scandal.” These were all headlines that we could have seen coming over the weekend, because this sport is nothing if not an unpredictable circus.

What you might not expect, however, is that the bad luck that always finds its way to MMA would trickle down to an unrelated fight card, like say, UFC 197. Which, with the MMA Gods being the vengeful, sadistic asshole that they are, is of course what happened.

Thanks to a lower leg injury suffered in training, Daniel Cormier has been forced out of his UFC 197 title fight rematch with Jon Jones.

The announcement of Cormier’s withdrawal was made late Friday night. In an interview with MMAFighting published this morning, the light heavyweight champ elaborated on what exactly led him to withdraw from the fight.

“I was in practice sparring and I kicked one of my partners [with an] inside low kick and he checked it. And I fell down, and I was ‘ahh, that was painful,’ and [trainer] Bob Cook was laughing. We get kick checked all the time. Sometimes you bruise your shin, and in a couple days it passes.”

“I get up to try to spar again, and another guy did a little front kick to my shin,” Cormier continued. “And when he did it I fell to the ground again, and I said, okay, this hurts a little bit more than normal, so I’m going to probably stop sparring. So I stopped sparring.”

After undergoing a series of MRI’s, Cormier was diagnosed with a torn leg ligament and given a 4-6 week recovery time.

Not wanting to lose yet another main event to injury, the UFC quickly booked the only available top 10 light heavyweight, Ovince St. Preux, to step in on just a few weeks’ notice.

Currently 3-1 in his past 4 with high-profile wins over Rafael Cavalcante and Mauricio Rua, OSP is relishing the opportunity, telling MMAJunkie that “He’s a beast, and I’m a beast, too. We both can do some beast (expletive).”

Well said, OSP.

In the meantime, Jones and Cormier have been needling the absolute shit out of each other on Twitter, so we’ll be sure to keep an eye on that for any more “developments.”

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Jon Jones calls Daniel Cormier an ‘absolute coward’ for offer to help Ovince Saint Preux

Jon Jones was not amused by Daniel Cormier’s offer to help Ovince Saint Preux prepare for UFC 197.

During an appearance Monday on The MMA Hour, Cormier extended an open invitation for Saint Preux to travel to San Jose and train — all expenses paid — at American Kickboxing Academy ahead of his UFC light heavyweight interim title fight against Jones on April 23.

While Saint Preux ultimately declined Cormier’s offer, Jones was less than pleased by the whole exchange, which he saw as an act of fearfulness on Cormier’s part.

“Daniel is an absolute coward who will never beat me,” Jones said on The MMA Hour. “And I say that not from an arrogant place. I say that from a place where, me getting my belt back, it means everything to me. That belt right now is a big part of my life. It means everything to me. Me losing to OSP should be the last thing that [Cormier] would want, because if I were to somehow lose, that means he doesn’t get to avenge his only loss.”

Jones defeated Cormier via unanimous decision in Jan. 2015 at UFC 182 following a long and heated build-up between the two rivals. As fate would have it, the fight marked the unofficial end to Jones’ reign as light heavyweight champion. He was forced to vacate the belt just months later after fleeing the scene of an automobile accident which left one pregnant victim with a broken arm.

With Jones out on indefinite suspension, Cormier rebounded by filling the void as UFC light heavyweight champion, first seizing the belt by submitting Anthony Johnson, then defending it against Alexander Gustafsson.

Jones’ absence did little to cool the rivalry though, even with Cormier now ruled out of his anticipated rematch against Jones at UFC 197 due to injury.

“His inviting OSP to his training camp shows me that he’s so grateful that he’s not fighting me in three weeks,” Jones said. “That he’s so grateful that he gets to have one more family photo-op with that belt, because he knows that he’s not going to beat me, especially now with a knee injury. He’s going to be nursing his knee to get back to 100-percent. I’m going to just be getting stronger, better, faster, more rehearsed in my gameplan to beat him.

“So, Daniel, man, he’s a mental midget. I’m not worried about Daniel. Obviously him inviting OSP shows that he’s so lucky he’ll be watching from the sidelines and not actually in that cage with me.”

Of course, that was not the end of it. Jones called Cormier a “p*ssy” in an incredulous string of follow-up tweets after the interview.

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Daniel Cormier offers to train Ovince Saint Preux for Jon Jones interim title fight at UFC 197

All expenses paid!!!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was forced to bow out of his much-anticipated rematch against Jon Jones — which was set to go down at UFC 197 on April 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada — with a leg injury.

Full details here.

As a result, Ovince Saint Preux was pegged as a late replacement, stepping in to face “Bones” for the interim title at the upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) event. A tall task for anyone, much less someone who didn’t exactly have a great performance in his last bout.

Though “DC” knows “OSP” has a chance to take Jones out, he extended an invitation to have him and his team fly out to California to prepare for the title fight at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) as a way to make sure Jones has a tough fight on his hands.

And it won’t cost Team Saint Preux a dime, as Cormier says he will take care of all expenses to make it happen.

“I think he has a shot, but there’s a chance for Ovince to have a better shot, but it’s up to him to take it. We will open our doors to him to come and train at the American Kickboxing Academy. I don’t care what happens in the future. I can’t train Ovince, but I got a guy named Cain Velasquez, I got a guy named Luke Rockhold that can train with him. I got a guy named Chi Lewis-Parry, Frank Munoz — we have everything in place where he can just take my training camp for the next three weeks. Take my training camp, we will take care of it, we will fly you and your team out here, we will put him up, give him a place to stay. No one in this gym wants to see Jon Jones not have to fight a tough fight on April 23. From my pocketbook, Jon needs to go out there and win and look great, but we want to give Ovince a chance and every guy on my team are willing to pay a part in that. I’ll be one of his coaches. Listen, no ones wants to fight Jones more than me. So if I can live through Ovince on April 23, I will live through Ovince on April 23. He can take my training camp. I thought we had, finally, the perfect mixture of what we needed for our preparations. So yes, Ovince can have my training camp, all paid for, right out of my checking account. Ovince, if you want to come to San Jose, bud, you got a team in AKA that is ready to support you.”

An offer he can’t refuse.

“OSP” has his own team down in Knoxville, Tennessee. However, with the opportunity to get all the secrets and gameplans that Cormier and Co. have in place to try to defeat Jones, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to take the offer.

And should it come to pass that Cormier and Saint Preux have to fight in a title unification bout down the line, so be it, as Daniel says he has no qualms taking out the same fighter he helped prepare in order to retain his 205-pound belt.

The ball is in your court, “OSP.”

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Latest UFC 197 odds: Jon Jones opens as betting favorite over Ovince Saint Preux

Jon Jones is the betting favorite to become the interim Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion when he faces off against Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 on April 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

That’s according to MMAOddsBreaker.com (via ESPN), who pegged “Bones” as a -675 favorite while “OSP” is listed at -450.

Jones was originally scheduled to rematch current division champion Daniel Cormier at the pay-per-view (PPV) event. However, an injury forced “DC” out of the much-anticipated title fight (details).

Enter Ovince.

The talented fighter — who recently claimed everyone in the division was ducking him — jumped at the chance to fill in on three weeks notice against the pound-for-pound great. “OSP” is fresh off a unanimous decision victory over Rafael Cavalcante just last month.

Now, he’ll look to make the most at the unexpected opportunity, as a win will not only give him an interim strap, but the right to face Cormier in a title unification match down the road.

UFC 197 will also feature a Flyweight title fight, as division king Demetrious Johnson faces Henry Cejudo in the co-main event of the evening.

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Jon Jones to Face Ovince St. Preux at UFC 197

One of the most anticipated rematches in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship was put on hold Friday when defending light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier pulled out of UFC 197 due to a leg injury.
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Ovince Saint Preux challenges UFC to get him a fight, believes light heavyweights are scared of him

Ovince Saint Preux is tired of waiting.

Sure, he picked up his 19th professional win a little over a month against Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, however, the former college football player is already anxious to get back in there.

“I get it, guys in my division are scared to fight me,” Saint Preux told MMAFighting.com, “I get that. I’m breaking people’s arms and choking people out with stuff they ain’t ever seen. But c’mon [UFC matchmaker] Joe [Silva] make someone man up and fight me.

“Gustafsson, Bader, Manuwa and Latifi don’t have fights lined up. I’d love to rematch Bader, because he’s a great fighter and he’s not afraid of anyone. If not those guys, how about Josh Barnett or Travis Browne? I know those guys in the heavyweight division aren’t afraid to throw down.”

OSP’s coach and manager Joey Zonar concedes the unanimous decision win over Cavalcante won’t be on any highlight reels, however, he said OSP severely sprained his ankle on the second kick he threw. Saint Preux has since been fully cleared by doctors to return to action and is just waiting for his name to get called.

“We asked for a fight within two weeks of his win over Feijao,” Zonar said, “and all we got from the UFC was, We’ll let you know when we have a fight.”

Since losing a one-sided decision to Ryan Bader in Aug. 2014, the 32-year-old OSP has won three of his last four fights. He was hoping to replace the injured Shogun Rua against Rashad Evans next month at UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa Bay, but that call went to Glover Teixeira instead.

“I’m just going to keep training,” he said. “I didn’t get called about the Rashad fight, though it’s basically in my hometown of Immokalee and they knew I wanted that fight. I didn’t get offered the Lil’ Nog fight even though I’ve got a win over the guy he’s fighting now and fighting Lil’ Nog would be a dream fight for me. Now I see Corey Anderson has got a fight lined up and he just gifted a win over Tom Lawlor.”

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Ovince Saint Preux challenges UFC to get him a fight, believes light heavyweights are scared of him

Ovince Saint Preux is tired of waiting.

Sure, he picked up his 19th professional win a little over a month against Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, however, the former college football player is already anxious to get back in there.

“I get it, guys in my division are scared to fight me,” Saint Preux told MMAFighting.com, “I get that. I’m breaking people’s arms and choking people out with stuff they ain’t ever seen. But c’mon [UFC matchmaker] Joe [Silva] make someone man up and fight me.

“Gustafsson, Bader, Manuwa and Latifi don’t have fights lined up. I’d love to rematch Bader, because he’s a great fighter and he’s not afraid of anyone. If not those guys, how about Josh Barnett or Travis Browne? I know those guys in the heavyweight division aren’t afraid to throw down.”

OSP’s coach and manager Joey Zonar concedes the unanimous decision win over Cavalcante won’t be on any highlight reels, however, he said OSP severely sprained his ankle on the second kick he threw. Saint Preux has since been fully cleared by doctors to return to action and is just waiting for his name to get called.

“We asked for a fight within two weeks of his win over Feijao,” Zonar said, “and all we got from the UFC was, We’ll let you know when we have a fight.”

Since losing a one-sided decision to Ryan Bader in Aug. 2014, the 32-year-old OSP has won three of his last four fights. He was hoping to replace the injured Shogun Rua against Rashad Evans next month at UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa Bay, but that call went to Glover Teixeira instead.

“I’m just going to keep training,” he said. “I didn’t get called about the Rashad fight, though it’s basically in my hometown of Immokalee and they knew I wanted that fight. I didn’t get offered the Lil’ Nog fight even though I’ve got a win over the guy he’s fighting now and fighting Lil’ Nog would be a dream fight for me. Now I see Corey Anderson has got a fight lined up and he just gifted a win over Tom Lawlor.”

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Ovince Saint Preux: ‘I have the most knockout power in the UFC light heavyweight division’

When Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) kicks things off this Sat. night (Aug. 8, 2015) for UFC Fight Night 73 in Nashville, Tennessee, it will invade “Music City” with a light heavyweight main event between Glover Teixeira and Ovince Saint Preux.

Check out the full fight card here.

Teixeira — a former 205-pound title challenger – looks to ward off the surging Tennessee-based fighter in Saint Preux while avoiding a career-crippling, third-straight loss. It will prove to be a difficult assignment for the Brazilian, who has been out of action since his UFC 179 loss to Phil Davis because of a bum knee.

Unlike Teixeira, Saint Preux has been healthy and active. He is also an owner of two-straight, first-round knockouts.

“OSP” has an explosive fighting style, which is a testament to his long limbs and a 6’3″ frame. Not only can he hurt his foes with a variety of strikes, but the former Tennessee Volunteer is also adept in the art of ground fighting, as evidenced by the Von Flue choke he slapped on Nikita Krylov at UFC 171.

“Our gameplan is set up for me to have a really good finish and so far it’s been working pretty good, you don’t know what to expect from me,” Saint Preux told UFC correspondent Megan Olivi. “If I go on the ground and I’m working for something — if I’m not throwing punches at you — I’m looking for something that’s unorthodox.”

While his mixed martial arts (MMA) repertoire has grown considerably since his Octagon debut in April 2013, the 32-year-old contender admits a lack of motivation played a pivotal role in training prior to his unanimous decision loss to Ryan Bader one year ago.

“The fight with Ryan taught me a lot. I was on a five-fight win streak and I was doing pretty good. At the same time, whatever you give in training is the output you’re going to end up getting,” said Saint Preux. “I didn’t give a lot in training camp. I didn’t do what I needed to do. Sometimes I’d wake up and was like, ‘I don’t feel like going to training.’ I didn’t go to training, so that was kind of a tell-tale sign of the fight.”

His loss to Bader, which halted a five-fight win streak, made the athletically-gifted Saint Preux rethink his strategy and in-turn he began to emphasize wrestling in his Knoxville Mixed Martial Arts Academy camp. It was a wake up call, and a very befitting one indeed, because Bader would not be the last elite wrestler he would be pitted against.

“My first few fights in the UFC, I fought primarily strikers. I didn’t have to worry about wrestling. I didn’t work on my wrestling as I needed to,” Saint Preux admitted. “Right after that fight, I got with a great wrestling coach. It showed when I fought Patrick Cummins. I’m expecting him to take me down, but my whole thing is how long can he hold me down. I got taken down three times and was up right away.”

With embattled former champion Jon Jones suspended for the time being, pending his legal situation, the light heavyweight division is as wide open as it has even been. Daniel Cormier is the new titleholder, having captured the vacant title in a second-round submission win over Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 back in May.

For the No. 6-ranked Saint Preux, a win over the No. 4-ranked Glover Teixeira would illuminate his Octagon resume and perhaps propel him ahead of the title-hungry Bader in his quest for gold. Though Teixeira holds a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt to go with his heavy hands, Saint Preux feels he has the all-around edge in the cage, provided he comes into their meeting with the right mindset.

“He comes from a strong gym and has KO power. He’s well-rounded all across the board,” Saint Preux said. “I’ve faced top fighters before, too. It’s just one of those things where if I go in there and implement my gameplan. If I go in there with the natural killer instinct I usually have, I’ll have no problem. I tell everybody, if you blink, you might miss it. I think I probably have the most knockout power in the 205-pound weight class.”

When he goes for his 10th career victory by knockout, he will have the support of his college alumni and locals, something he has not felt since he last fought in Nashville in Jan. 2011. He is excited but focused, with one eye on the past and the other on attaining gold.

“Every fight that you see me, I’m going to be a different fighter. My fighting style might be different, but at the same time, you’re going to me evolve even more and more,” Saint Preux added. “I want that fight [Bader] back, but to be honest, I’m still in a good position where I’m at right now. If we meet in the near future, it’s going to be a different story, but until then my eyes are just on the title.”

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KNOCKOUT! Glover Teixeira vs. Ovince Saint Preux full fight videos preview UFC Fight Night 73 in Nashville

Glover Teixeira gets rocked, comes back to destroy Ryan Bader at UFC Fight Night 28:

Ovince Saint Preux smokes Cody Donovan in just two minutes at UFC Fight Night 26:

Violent!

As you can see from the full fight videos above, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is expecting a slam-bang main event for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 73 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, locked and loaded for the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sat., Aug. 8, 2015.

Saint Preux (18-6) is even money for this weekend’s showdown, despite coming off his second straight knockout in as many attempts. After burying Mauricio Rua last November in Brazil, the Strikeforce import followed that up by toe-tagging Patrick Cummins at UFC on FOX 15 back in April.

A finish like that over the Brazilian is a surefire way to get into the light heavyweight title hunt.

That won’t be so easy against Teixeira (22-4), who knows a thing or two about big finishes. While G-Tex is coming off back-to-back losses for the first time in his combat sports career, he’s still regarded as one of the most dangerous strikers at 205 pounds, evidenced by his 13 knockouts.

Don’t blink.

MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 73 fight card RIGHT HERE, starting with the UFC Fight Pass preliminary matches online, which are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 2 “Prelims” bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before moving on to the FOX Sports 1 main card at 10 p.m. ET.

For much more on UFC Fight Night 73: “Teixeira vs. Saint Preux” click here.

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