Last night (Sat., June 14, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweights Ovince St. Preux and Ryan Jimmo went to war in the opening bout of the pay-per-view (PPV) main card of UFC 174 from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Looking to continue climbing the UFC 205-pound ranks after winning four straight mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts, No. 12-ranked "OSP" came in off an impressive first round submission over Nikita Krylov at UFC 171.
He had to get past Jimmo first.
The Canadian "Big Deal" first, who came in with the momentum of a "Performance of the Night"-winning knockout over late replacement Sean O'Connell at April's The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale. The former Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) light heavyweight champion had gone even (2-2) over his last four, so he badly needed to put a stamp in St. Preux in Vancouver.
In the end, St. Preux continued his winning ways with a rarely seen victory.
The fight started tentatively with "OSP" snapping a kick. Jimmo rushed forward bit a shot in the process. St. Preux unleashed some heavy shots near the fence, and then followed with a big straight. Jimmo clinched on the cage, only to see "OSP" reverse as the action slowed considerably.
The action broke and St. Preux threw a sloppy combination. Jimmo landed a body kick and a decent counter left hand followed by a leg kick. St. Preux landed a left of his own and transitioned into a takedown to take Jimmo's back, landing a few punches as the opening round came to a close.
The second round kicked off with Jimmo scoring with a big right. He appeared to be the fresher fighter, but St. Preux took the fight to the ground to land in side control. He mounted Jimmo and immediately went for a choke from his back.
Hard punches followed, and suddenly, it was all over.
St. Preux wrenched an arm and Jimmo screamed that his arm was broken and the referee stepped in to call it off.
St. Preux scored his fifth straight victory with his second straight strange stoppage, as it was tough to tell what happened at first, very similar to his Von Flue choke out of Krylov.
In any case, it's clear that the Strikeforce veteran is now due for a big fight next, so a bout with Phil Davis, who recently lost to the surging Anthony Johnson at UFC 172, would make for an excellent match-up with St. Preux. Both have excellent MMA wrestling and grappling and Davis has much to prove after such a one-sided defeat.
The loss is devastating for Jimmo, who is now 2-3 in his last five fights. His UFC employment will almost definitely be on the line in his next bout ... if he gets one. His wrestling is a bit suspect, so he's going to have to shore up his overall game if he ever wants to be a true contender.
Ovince St. Preux continues to demolish opponents with a brutish ground game. What's next for the talented Tennessean?