Despite his successes, Strikeforce light heavyweight Ovince St. Preux still manages to surprise himself.
“I feel like I did better than I thought I was going to do,” he said of his 72-second dismantling of Joe Cason at this past Friday’s Strikeforce Challengers 17 event in Las Vegas.
“I didn’t know I was going to do that well. I think it’s just one of these situations where I had him hurt and was able to capitalize on it right away.”
St. Preux had anticipated a tougher challenge, as Cason had entered the fight undefeated, having finished all his opponents in less than two and a half minutes.
“It’s one of those deals where I can honestly say that in my last three fights, they went all three rounds, so I was expecting it to go three rounds,” he admitted. “I had a quick fight, and I’m definitely not complaining about that.
“I just kind of went in there and it just kind of happened. The game plan was to stick-and-move, and that’s what I did. I capitalized on his mistake and one thing lead to another.”
While the fight ended faster than St. Preux thought it might, he did manage to impress Strikeforce’s new ownership with his performance like he hoped he would.
“That’s one of the one things that I wanted to do,” he said. “I was excited about fighting in Vegas. When people talk about MMA or any other type of big fight, they talk about Vegas and the UFC.”
Having been impressive in his tenure in Strikeforce, no one would blame St. Preux if he clamored for a bigger push in the promotion, but that’s not the way he sees it.
“I don’t really have a sense of urgency, but if they call me up, I’m getting back in there,” he said. “It’s one of those things where after my last fight, I thought I was going to be fighting in the next three to four months, and I didn’t fight until seven months later.
“MMA is like that; you’ll be fighting one day and your opponent gets hurt or something happens and you’re not fighting. I’m going to take it one fight at a time and see what happens.”
Patience aside, St. Preux does feel he’s someone to watch in the coming years, both for the fans and his opponents.
“I just want to tell the fans to keep their eyes out, because with me, you never know what’s going to happen, but you know it’s always going to be exciting,” he told MMAWeekly.com in closing.
“I’m on an eight-fight winning streak, and I don’t plan on going down anyway. Like I say, whether I win or lose, you’re never going to forget me – and my opponents will never forget me.”