“There’s usually a ‘WTF’ moment at the end of my fights. If you go back and watch the fights I’ve had in the UFC, at the end, it’s almost like, WTF? And moments like that are why I can beat Jon Jones… I knock people out from the guard. I have unorthodox submissions. I’ve thrown high kicks that break people’s arms. Apparently, I knock people out while moving backwards. What I did to Shogun – he’d been beat before, but never in that fashion… I’m going to be extremely, extremely dangerous in this fight because I can loosen up a little bit and just be myself. If you want to implement a game plan, you need three or four months to get ready for it. When I freestyle, I tend to do a lot better. So, this fight, you’ll see me relaxed and just being myself.”
-Ovince St. Preux talks to ESPN.com about why he feels he can defeat Jon Jones on short notice at UFC 197 later this month.
Penick’s Analysis: St. Preux is a highly talented fighter, and against most fighters in the division it would be easy to expect something great from him even on short notice. But beating Jones? That’s extremely unlikely. Nothing’s ever impossible in this sport, and he’s got the type of power that can change fights quickly. However, he’s been defeated by fighters not on Jones’ level before, and from a stylistic stand point Jones has the edge everywhere. It’s an uphill battle for St. Preux, but on short notice plenty of craziness could happen.
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