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.
“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.