“OSP” Ovince St. Preux (9-4) has been on quite a roll lately. He’s fought a half-dozen times in the past 12 months, winning all six of those fights – four of which were under the Strikeforce banner. Three of those four Strikeforce match-ups took place in just the seven weeks between mid-November 2010 and early January 2011 when he defeated very tough competition in “The Juggernaut” Antwain Britt (12-5), “The Razor” Benji Radach (19-6,) and “Abongo” Ron Humphrey (6-2). All in all Ovince is a perfect (4-0) inside the Strikeforce cage.
Hello, Icemigos. I hope your Thanksgiving was pleasant. I apologize for not enriching your life with a column last week but due to the holiday and the fact that nothing really happened in MMA, I decided to take a well-earned break. I trust that with the love and support of your family and friends and the knowledge that a new column would be coming your way via the magic of the interwebs, you were able to soldier on and get through that trying time. Well, rejoice, dear friends, because I’m back.
St. Louis was not only treated to a talent filled evening but to three stunning knockouts via the Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu card. “Hendo” Dan Henderson (26-8), “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (18-6), and “Semtex” Paul Daley (23-10) all walked away with a win by brutal knockout. In the main event, Henderson finished “Babalu” Renato Sobral (33-9) by ground-n-pound with vicious right hands, Lawler landed a heavy right hook and a right diving haymaker that put “The Law” Matt Lindland (22-8) to sleep, and Daley finished with his famous left hook over the fan favorite “Hands of Steel” Scott Smith (16-8). “Bigfoot” Antonio Silva (14-2) also walked away with a TKO win over kickboxer Mike Kyle (14-8) and Ovince St.Preux (9-4) took a Unanimous Decision victory against Benji Radach (19-6).
Josh Epps vs. J.W. Wright: Wright via Submission (Guillotine Choke), Round 1, 1:29
Booker DeRousse vs. Coltin Cole: DeRousse via TKO (Punches), Round 2, 3:04
Thomas Aaron vs. Matt Ricehouse: Ricehouse via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Lee Brousseau vs. Mike Glenn: Glenn via TKO (Punches), Round 1, 2:00
Lucas Lopes vs. Cortez Coleman: Coleman via Submission (Guillotine Choke), Round 1, 2:04
Patrick Cummins vs. Terrell Brown: Brown via TKO (Punches), Round 1, 2:44
Max Martyniouk vs. Justin Lawrence: Lawrence via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Fernando Bettega vs. Wayne Phillips: Bettega via Split Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Benji Radach vs. Ovince St. Preux: St. Preux via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Paul Daley vs. Scott Smith: Daley via KO (Punch), Round 1, 2:09
Antonio Silva vs. Mike Kyle: Silva via TKO (Punches), Round 2, 2:49
Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Lindland: Lawler via KO (Punch), Round 1, 0:50
Dan Henderson vs. “Babalu” Renato Sobral: Henderson via KO (Punches), Round 1, 1:53
Josh Epps: 127.5lbs.
J.W. Wright: 130.5lbs.
Coltin Cole: 185.5lbs.
Thomas Aaron: 155.5lbs.
Matt Ricehouse: 156lbs.
Lee Brousseau: 204lbs.
Mike Glenn: 207.25lbs.
Lucas Lopes: 185lbs.
Cortez Coleman: 184.75lbs.
Patrick Cummins: 205.5lbs.
Terrell Brown: 208.25lbs.*
Max Martyniouk: 154.5lbs.
Justin Lawrence: 155.5lbs.
Fernando Bettega: 170.25lbs.
Wayne Phillips: 171lbs.
Benji Radach: 205.5lbs.
Ovince St. Preux: 205.5lbs.
Paul Daley: 169.75lbs.
Scott Smith: 170lbs.
Antonio Silva: 263lbs.
Mike Kyle: 219lbs.
Robbie Lawler: 186lbs.
Matt Lindland: 185.5lbs.
Dan Henderson: 204.5lbs.
“Babalu” Renato Sobral: 202lbs.
* Brown has approximately two hours to drop 2.25 pounds.
Just one week before the highly anticipated XBox 360 and PS3 game EA Sports’ MMA hits stores on October 19, the people at EA Sports and Sherdog have teamed up to offer a unique training experience called “Sherdog MMA Fighter Exchange”.
The program closely follows the Career Mode featured in the game, where one’s fighter trains under some of the best martial artists in the world. In EA Sports’ MMA’s Career Mode experience, fighters can travel the globe to learn new techniques and disciplines from top MMA trainers like “The Natural” Randy Couture (19-10), Pat Miletich (29-7-2), Rickson Gracie (11-0), and “El Guapo” Bas Rutten (28-4-1). EA Sports’ MMA is the only game of its kind, allowing players and fans to go beyond the cage and around the world to experience different fighting environments, rule sets, and training locations.