UFC Fight Night 47 Results: 3 Fights for Ovince St. Preux to Take Next
On Saturday night, Ovince St. Preux squared off against the winner of season eight of The Ultimate Fighter, Ryan Bader. The early rounds were competitive, but by late in the second round, Bader realized he had a serious advantage on the ground.
The fight went the full five rounds, and Bader took the unanimous decision with scores of 48-47, 49-46 and 49-46.
Going into the fight, Bader was ranked No. 8 and St. Preux was ranked No. 10. After this fight, St. Preux is likely to drop to the bottom of the rankings, and there are a few interesting fights for him to take next. Let's check out three possibilities.
Jimi Manuwa is currently the No. 11-ranked light heavyweight. In his last fight, he faced off against top contender Alexander Gustafsson, and Gustafsson won the fight by second-round TKO.
Manuwa had been undefeated at 14-0 prior to that, including three wins in the UFC, all by TKO. Of his 14 wins, he has 13 by (T)KO and only one by submission.
Manuwa's last fight showed that he wasn't ready for the elite of the elite, and a fight with OSP gives both a chance to try to get back on track and into the Top 10 of the division.
Fabio Maldonado is the No. 15-ranked light heavyweight and is currently on a three-fight winning streak in the division. In his last fight, he moved up to heavyweight and was knocked out by Stipe Miocic in just 35 seconds.
In Maldonado's three-win streak at light heavyweight, he has beaten Roger Hollett, Joey Beltran and Gian Villante, all by decision. Before that, he had lost three straight to Kyle Kingsbury, Igor Pokrajac and Glover Teixeira.
Maldonado is still looking to prove himself in the division, and while a win over someone like OSP wouldn't do everything, it would be a good way to start moving toward contention.
Rafael Cavalcante is the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and the No. 12-ranked light heavyweight. Since 2010, Cavalcante is 2-3 (1 NC) and has been knocked out in two of his losses. In the UFC, he has gone 1-2, with losses to Thiago Silva and most recently Ryan Bader.
Cavalcante has won all of his fights with striking, 11 by (T)KO and one by submission to punches, and he would be a great fight for OSP.
In addition, with Bader being a mutual opponent, it would be easy to tell where both Cavalcante and OSP belong in the division.