Ovince Saint Preux looked great his latest fight under the UFC banner.
As seen in the main event of UFC Fight Night 117 Saint Preux put to sleep veteran fighter Yushin Okami with a Von Flue choke. This happened in the first round of their light heavyweight contest.
UFC Fight Night 117 took place on Friday, September 22, 2017, at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event was the fifth that the promotion has hosted in Saitama, The preliminary card aired on UFC Fight Pass at 8 p.m. ET and FXX at 10 p.m. ET. The six bout main card aired on FXX at 10 p.m. ET.
As seen in the fight, the submission happened when Okami grabbed Saint Preux’s head while being on the bottom of half guard. As a result of Okami’s decision, this marked a game-ending one and to many also an obvious mistake. You can see it here:
After the fight, “OSP” spoke with media reporters about the fight and not fighting former UFC light heavyweight champion Shogun Rua in the main event as originally announced. Here is what he had to say (transcript courtesy of MMA Fighting):
“I was surprised, but I don’t think he knew I was going to go for it,” Saint Preux said at the UFC Japan post-fight conference. “I was just surprised that he shot [for a takedown]. But typically, when somebody shoots in on me, I’m pretty heavy and it’s pretty hard to get me off of them, and that happened. Like I said, I’m still thinking to myself, ‘Why did he grab my head?’”
“I obviously didn’t plan to do that,” Saint Preux explained. “I was actually surprised he shot in on me, and I think when I was trying to position him, because I was trying work on another submission, he grabbed my head. Typically, if I’m on top of somebody and you automatically grab my head, my hand just kind of goes over. I was quite surprised when he grabbed it, and when I locked it in, I knew I was going to finish it. It was way too tight.”
“I definitely came here to fight ‘Shogun’ (Rua),” Saint Preux said. “I definitely want to fight ‘Shogun’, but whoever is ahead of me right now. I have two loses that I think about – one with Volkan (Oezdemir), one with Jimi (Manuwa) – and I would definitely love to have those back, so whatever the UFC wants to do from here.”