WATCH: Ovince Saint Preux Lands Walk-Off KO

By Darren
WATCH: Ovince Saint Preux Lands Walk-Off KO

Ovince Saint Preux is one of the UFC’s most frustrating fighters. The light-heavyweight contender has supreme athletic gifts but fails to put it together at the most important times. After a few frustrating moments at 205, he moved up to heavyweight but lost his debut to Ben Rothwell.

Saint Preux is known for his submission game. He has an incredible four Von Flue chokes on his record. In sum, that’s more than any other fighter in the UFC. With that in mind, it’s easy to forget that he also has extraordinary knockout power.

However, Alonzo Menifield discovered this the hard way. The pair fought in the UFC Apex in Las Vegas live on ESPN. Check out Saint Preux’s devastating highlight-reel walkoff KO finish. This was as brutal as any knockout you’ve ever seen.

Veteran

Saint Preux put on a veteran performance against Menifield. The latter hoped to make a name for himself off of OSP but found out the hard way that there are levels to this game. OSP used the body kick to great effect, sapping Menifield’s energy. It was a powerful technique.

He achieved the finish in the second round. OSP dropped Menifield with a powerful counter-left hook. His opponent dropped to the ground like a sack of potatoes. Meanwhile, Saint Preux looked down at him before walking back to the center. He also won respect for not raining down blows on his finished opponent. It was a great win for him as he hopes to go on another light-heavyweight run. With Jon Jones gone, there is an opportunity.

Chaos

Meanwhile, Michel Pereira also fought on the night. The Brazilian is known for his combination of flair and the ridiculous. However, he put in a much more controlled performance against Zelim Imadaev. That’s not to say he didn’t showboat or occasionally do something totally mental, but it was a more structured fight than usual. But it had to be because he couldn’t lose three in a row.

We saw him kiss his gloves and open-palm strike Imadaev across the face multiple times. He used flying knees to great effect. Furthermore, his basic one-two combination was extremely effective in damaging the Russian boxer. Finally, he suplexed Imadaev with 20 seconds left and sunk in a rear-naked choke. Imadaev may not have tapped but it made no difference. This was total domination from the wacky Brazilian. We love it.

Submissions

This was a night of submissions. Elsewhere, Andre Muniz got a great armbar win over Poland’s Bartosz Fabinski. He went through his BJJ catalog on his way to the finish. First of all, he went for the guillotine before transitioning to a triangle. Finally, he locked in the armbar and that was all she wrote.

Finally, Brian Kelleher got the quickest win of the night. Kelleher has had a good year in the octagon, winning three out of his four fights so far. His victory over Ray Rodriguez came after just 39 seconds. Rodriguez made his debut on the night and rashly shot in against one of the best submissions artists in the division. Kelleher sunk in the guillotine and that was it.

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