Not a lot of talk about the main event this weekend between Strikeforce veteran Ovince St. Preux (16-5) and TUF champion Ryan Bader (17-4) even though the pair are both in the top 10 of UFC Light Heavyweights.
“Darth” Bader has won two in a row both by unanimous decision against “The Hippo” Anthony Perosh and another facing former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante.
Ovince has been on a tear since his loss to former Dream and Strikeforce Champion Gegard Mousasi in 2011, “OSP” has won 5 straight and he submitted Ryan Jimmo via kimura in the 2nd round in his last outing at UFC 174.
Due to Bader’s time in the TUF and his more recognizable face being that he’s competed in more high profile fights in his tenure in the UFC, he has come in as the favorite but OSP feels no added pressure and his recent streak has built him a mountain of confidence.
This is what St. Preux had to say on UFC Tonight:
“I feel no added pressure at all. “To be honest, I feel Ryan (Bader) has more pressure on him than me just because I’m a newcomer and he’s been around for a minute. I feel like he has more pressure than I do.”
“Ya I think he’s overrated. He is just one of them guys. I was at home watching television and I was like ‘man, you’ve got to be kidding me.’ With that type of stand-up I’d put him to sleep.”
“It would definitely move me up within the UFC 205lb rankings. Probably also at least two fights away from getting a title shot. That’s what I’m shooting for.”
“All I have to do on Saturday is fill in the blanks. I’m not saying it’s gonna be easy, but it aint gonna be hard.”