Ovince St. Preux Doesn’t Think Shogun Has Slowed… and Neither Does Shogun

November 9, 2014
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Ovince St. Preux stepped up on short notice to fight the legendary Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC Fight Night 56 on Saturday night.

Many may have doubted St. Preux’s chances, but he never did.

“I thought I could win this on my feet. It’s bad to be aggressive against me,” St. Preux said at the post-fight press conference. But that’s not to say that he expected the 34-second knockout that he scored on the Brazilian’s home turf.

“I was a little surprised. When I landed the overhand, I said I might as well finish the fight. I was surprised (the end came so quickly),” he continued.

SEE ALSO: Shogun Rua vs. Ovince St. Preux Fight Highlights Video

Shogun-Rua-UFC-139-750But was it really that St. Preux was that good? Or did he feel that maybe Shogun had lost a step or two?

“I don’t think he was slow at all,” St. Preux said. “The thing about me is that I’m super explosive and I can take you to the ground super quickly. I think he mistook my reach, so I was able to catch him. I don’t think he’s slow; he still have it. He hit me with a couple of good leg kicks.”

St. Preux clearly wasn’t ready to write Shogun off as washed up.

And neither was Shogun.

“Losing is always bad,” Shogun said at the post-fight press conference. “In this weight class and heavyweight, when a punch lands, you feel it. But I’m gonna get through this loss and talk to my team and think about the future. Defeats always suck.”

Like St. Preux, Shogun didn’t try to explain the loss away as an off night or that he had slowed a step. He simply gave credit where credit was due… to St. Preux.

“The punch landed clean and that’s when a knockout happens,” he said.

St. Preux wasn’t exactly sure what was next for him. In his post-fight interview in the Octagon, he indicated that maybe a fight with the likes of Fabio Maldonado could be in the offing, although that seemed more of just coming up with an answer to the question than a true callout.

Maldonado was quick to jump all over that idea, however, quickly turning to Facebook and Twitter to accept the fight.

Shogun’s fighting future may be uncertain, having lost four of his last five fights in the Octagon, but he does have another gig already on tap. He’ll be coaching opposite former UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva on the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil.

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  • TheCerealKiller

    He’s now 6-8 in the UFC. Why is he “legendary”? His wins are barely beating Coleman, a retirement shell Chuck Liddell, Griffin, Machida, Vera and Te Huna. That’s not impressive, much less legendary. You can’t use the “short notice” argument here, because it was over quick. Please, someone tell me why he is legendary.

    Good job OSP!

    • johnnywrong

      Hush noob. If you can’t be knowledgeable, be respectful.

      • shakejunt

        can’t really blame him for making observations about the community’s constant nostalgia.

        • TheCerealKiller

          Thank you.

      • TheCerealKiller

        I’ve been alive longer than you. I’ve watched this sport grow from nothing. Again, tell me how he is a legand. His record is a pile of cans.

        • Lucas Freire

          A pile of cans? I’m not some Pride nostalgic fan boy, but you must admit that during the “golden age” of Pride they had the best LHW of the world. And he defeated almost all of them.
          Just like Wand and Hendo, he’s a fighter from another era. This kind of brawler has no space anymore on the top of the food chain.
          He’s a legend because he was champion in Pride when Pride meant everything on MMA.
          Maybe in 10 years from now Jon Jones’ record will be just a pile of cans. And that’s who Shogun was 10 years ago.

          • TheCerealKiller

            His opponents career records are 282 – 181. Out of those wins, 11 are Overroids HW time. His best wins are over Arona, little Nog and Rampage. The other 13 wins are over guys with very underwhelming records. So he joins the UFC at age 27 and he wins the title at a time when the title bounced around in a weak division. He didn’t even deserve the title shot. 12 – 1 in PRIDE, 6 – 8 in the UFC. He’s only 32.

          • Lucas Freire

            I think his time is over, he should retire.
            What you’re failing to see, in my opinion, is that during that time most of these 282-181 guys were on the top of their game, they were THE top of the game. The sport evolved, Pride veterans didn’t, simple as that.

            Being just a memory of lost ages does not take away his merits when he was undoubtedly the top LHW of the top organization at a given moment.

          • deepgrim

            well he hammered machida too, at a time when machida looked unbeatable. joe rogan had refered to the machida era after he beat an undefeated rashad evans. shogun was the first to figure out machida. He is also one of few pride champs that also has ufc gold

    • shakejunt

      his ufc career is whatever, but his career prior is what made him the name he is.

    • Anthony Lopez

      Is getting on here and hating on legends your entire life? Because you’re constantly doing it. Good job on watching MMA for a couple years, some of us have been doing so for decades

    • osp

      Your right hes a LOSER like you

      • TheCerealKiller

        If you could speak English, it would be “You’re right, he’s a loser like you.”

        • Fire Ramdeen

          stfu its the internet not a college essay

  • powerboy55

    OSP will be a nightmare matchup for Maldonado. Takedowns all night.

  • Don Shipley

    Shogun was a legend in Pride, you can’t take that away from him. His UFC career has been less than stellar though. Give him props for at least winning the title, and beating Machida “twice” when Lyoto was “undefeated”. After the loss to Jon Jones in which he was completely dominated, that was basically the beginning of the end. His next fight knocking out Griffin was awesome though. And the next fight after with Hendo is one of the best fights ever. Probably should have retired right then and there.

  • Truthseeker

    Shogun will not make a successful run at the title again. Given that, he has to decide why he is still fighting. He has nothing to prove. He could be useful to seperate the real contenders from the rest, but that is about it.