Ovince St. Preux was riding high and a carrying a five-fight win streak into the Octagon the last time we saw him.
Twenty-five minutes later, all that was gone for OSP, as Ryan Bader controlled him and earned the decision victory.
St. Preux will get his chance to rebound tonight when he takes on Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the main event of UFC Fight Night 56. St. Preux steps in for James Te Huna, who suffered a foot injury in training.
After winning five in a row, St. Preux admits he got complacent in his training, something he explained further on a recent episode of “UFC Tonight.”
“I wasn’t drilling as much as I needed to before the Bader fight,” he said. “My trainers were getting on me to get in the gym. This time, I was constantly drilling. I went down to spar some guys, and my timing’s on point, my wrestling is looking good and my jiu-jitsu is looking good too.”
Most fighters coming off a loss don’t get placed right back into a main event, but the former Tennessee Volunteer football player is embracing his opportunity.
“I thought it was a good match up for me,” he said. “Shogun has been in the game so long, he’s lost a step. I’ll be able to capitalize on it.
“Every fight is bigger than the last one. This is a redemption fight for me.”
We’ll have complete coverage of all the action later this evening on FightLine.