Former Vol Ovince St. Preux prepares for Main Event

Former Vol Ovince St. Preux prepares for Main Event

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 KNOXVILLE (WATE)-Former Tennessee football player and Knoxville resident Ovince St. Preux has already played on one of the biggest stages-- Neyland Stadium. But now, he's working to the top of a completely different sport: MMA. 

St. Preux is preparing for his first fight as the Main Event with the UFC-- the premier league of the MMA. 

Just six weeks after defeating Ryan Jimmo to crack the UFC's Light Heavyweight top 10, St. Preux is preparing to take on Ryan Bader in the biggest spotlight of his MMA career. 

"[Bader] definitely has a good right hand, [he's a] very strong wrestler," said St. Preux. "An established wrestler. He wrestled at the University of Arizona. But, everybody knows him as a wrestler within the UFC." 

So, to prepare for the upcoming fight, St. Preux brought in a special training partner to his home training facility in Knoxville. 

"I brought one of my good buddies, Rodney Wallace," said St. Preux. "Which is kind of funny because I actually fought him, my first pro fight and he beat me. But he's a really good, established wrestler. [He's] really good [at] boxing. So, he can imitate Ryan Bader very well." 

"I can come in here show him everything I know, [like] my mindset, and hopefully, it's kind of what his opponent, Ryan Bader is going to be thinking and he can get the upper hand on him by having some good techniques," said Wallace.

But St. Preux may already have the upper hand mentally.  Las Vegas Insider has Bader as the slight favorite and St. Preux says he thrives as the underdog. 

"It's cool. I'm used to playing the underdog roll. I've played that all my life so, you know I think all the added pressure goes against him. He knows what i'm capable of, I know what he's capable of. But all the pressure is falling on him too." 

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