Fresh off an impressive submission win over Nikita Krylov in March, Ovince St. Preux will look to gain more momentum in a battle against Ryan Jimmo at UFC 174 next month.

A former University of Tennessee football player, St. Preux has been considered one of the most intriguing prospects in the light heavyweight division for a while now, despite the fact that he’s 31 years old. A successful stint in Strikeforce saw OSP earn himself a 6-1 record while fighting for the promotion, and he’s been just as dominant since joining the UFC roster.

OSP has gone 3-0 since entering the Octagon in early 2013 and he’s looked incredibly impressive in his last two bouts, starching Cody Donovan with punches in August and scoring the rarely seen Von Flue choke to secure his latest win over Krylov. Now, St. Preux could be on the cusp of entering the promotion’s top-10 rankings with another impressive win at 205, and he has the toughest opponent of his Octagon career waiting for him in Jimmo.

A co-holder of the record for fastest knockout in UFC history, Jimmo has both the power in his hands and the grappling prowess to give OSP a solid test inside the cage. While his UFC record currently stands at a lackluster 3-2, Jimmo has impressed in his Octagon victories and has been incredibly tough to put away. From his close loss to James Te Huna to his TKO defeat due to injury against Jimi Manuwa, Jimmo has held his own against ranked UFC opposition before. However, he’s never scored a win over a highly touted fighter in the UFC and he’ll get a chance to do so against OSP.

UFC 174 is set to take place on June 14 from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The main card is set to air on pay-per-view, while the preliminary fights will be shown on Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. The main event features a flyweight title fight between champion Demetrious Johnson and top contender Ali Bagautinov, while the co-headliner will see Canada’s own Rory MacDonald take on American Top Team’s Tyron Woodley.

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  • Brandon K

    OVP will wreck Jimmo, any top 10 will demolish that clown..