UFC Fight Night 47 Gets Ryan Bader vs. Ovince Saint Preux as Main Event

Kyle SymesCorrespondent IIIJune 18, 2014

Jan 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Ryan Bader reacts after defeating Vladimir Matyushenko (not pictured) during UFC on FOX 6 at the United Center.  Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Two light heavyweights who picked up wins at UFC 174 will be headlining the UFC's trip to Maine later this summer.

The Bangor Daily News is reporting that Ryan Bader and Ovince Saint Preux will be the main event for UFC Fight Night 47.

Bader has won three out of his last four, including dominant performances against Rafael Cavalcante at UFC 174 and against Anthony Perosh back in December. Even in the loss to Glover Teixeira, Bader nearly pulled off the upset as he rocked the Brazilian.

Saint Preux is also on a roll. Winner of five in a row, OSP has gone from an intriguing prospect in Strikeforce to a top-10 light heavyweight. Four out of his five wins during that streak have come before the final bell.

Both men will be looking to make an impact in the light heavyweight division with the spotlight on them.

Bader is a former Ultimate Fighter winner but has struggled to remain in the light heavyweight title picture. He seems to have turned a corner, however, as he has learned to combine his powerful wrestling game with his knockout power rather than depending on just one of the two. 

OSP will look to validate his claims as a top prospect from his Strikeforce days. He is a former collegiate athlete, having played Division I football for the Tennessee Volunteers. The fight with Bader will be OSP's first against the upper half of the division, as he has mainly feasted on mid-tier or lower-level fighters.

UFC Fight Night 47 takes place Aug. 16 at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The main card is expected to air on Fox Sports 1.