Ever-improving light heavyweight Ovince St. Preux won his fifth in a row and went 4-0 in the UFC after Ryan Jimmo was forced to verbally tap out due to a broken arm suffered in the second round. The loss takes Jimmo’s UFC record to 3-3, after looking impressive up until the unfortunate incident. With the win, OSP moves ever closer to the upper tier of the 205lbs division.
Though a tentative affair through much of the fight, St. Preux exhibited his strength and athleticism with takedowns and clinch work aplenty. It may not have been the breakthrough performance that OSP looked for, but a win over Ryan Jimmo is impressive nonetheless and his four fight winning streak is the second most in the 205lbs division as it stands.
Here is how the fight went down.
Nice light heavyweight contest to open this main card, St. Preux is ranked #12 in the division while Jimmo is fighting in front of his home nation. OSP is 3-0 inside the Octagon, Jimmo has gone 3-2. Will we see the robot celebration, or will OSP get his fifth win in a row? St-Preux the -160 favourite.
Round 1 – Nice leg kick from Jimmo opens the action. Orthodox Jimmo vs. southpaw OSP. OSP with the body kick, that was heavy. Jimmo moves forward but misses, and OSP fires right back. He’s pushing forward and landing big shots. Big left by St. Preux rocks Jimmo. Jimmo gets the clinch, OSP against the cage trying to defend the takedown while landing short shots. Jimmo unable to take him down, OSP is outsizing him. Short right lands by Jimmo. OSP spins it around and now Jimmo trying to defend. Trip attempted by OSP but unsuccessful, he drops down to a single leg momentarily. Spun around once again. OSP stuffing Jimmo, then they separate. Jimmo using the karate stance, bobbing up and down. St-Preux misses on that occasion, and his head kick is avoided. Body kick from Jimmo, then a leg kick returned by OSP. Both seem tentative. OSP with an overhand right but very telegraphed. Body kick is countered by Jimmo, well time overhand right. Body kick by Jimmo, that’s lovely technique. And another, then a right low kick. He looks a lot more settled now. OSP stalking him down and lands a left. Huge takedown by St. Preux, but Jimmo works his way up. OSP drags him back down, and now has the back of Jimmo. Great way to end the round for St. Preux, who lands a couple of short shots as Jimmo works his way up.
Cooper scores round 1 10-9 St. Preux
Round 2 – Leg kick by Jimmo, then a nice sneaky right. OSP gets the clinch, then pushes Jimmo back to the centre. Big left by OSP but Jimmo counters with a right. Head kick checked by Jimmo. Jimmo with a leg kick but OSP uses it to get the takedown, working his way into half guard. Now mount. Damn. Now the back. That was quick and this is a horrid position for Jimmo with this huge man working the ground game with over half of the round remaining. OSP with just one hook in, he may be working on an arm triangle instead. But not anymore. He tries to unload. Jimmo’s arm is broken! He was screaming it. Damn. Unfortunate way for that fight to end, and Jimmo looked good up until that point.
Result: St. Preux via submission (verbal tap) at 2:10 in second round.
Fourth UFC win for Ovince St. Preux, but I wasn’t quite as impressed as previous appearances. Jimmo looked pretty good in this fight, and he has his second UFC loss due to injury. Very unfortunate.
Check out our full play-by-play here. These are the results for the card as it stands.
Main Card: Pay-Per-View
Ovince St. Preux def. Ryan Jimmo via submission (verbal tap) at 2:10 in second round.
Preliminary Card: FX
Kiichi Kunimoto def. Daniel Sarafian via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:52 in first round.
Valerie Letourneau def. Elizabeth Phillips via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29).
Yves Jabouin def. Mike Easton via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Tae Hyun Bang def. Kajan Johnson via knockout (punch) at 2:01 in third round.
Preliminary Card: UFC Fight Pass
Michinori Tanaka def. Roland Delorme via unanimous decision (30-27 x3).
Jason Saggo def. Josh Shockley via TKO (punches) at 4:57 in first round.