St. Preux KOs Shogun in 34 seconds

Who saw this coming?

Ovince St. Preux was a late replacement for Jimi Manuwa in the main event of UFC Fight Night 56 to face former champion and MMA legend Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in his home country of Brazil.

It was a tall order for the man known as “OSP,” but he certainly delivered as he knocked out the Rua in just 34 seconds, silencing the home crowd.

OSP caught the advancing Rua with a flush left hook, dropping him to the mat. He then followed up with hard right hands to the head that force the referee Mario Yamasaki to step in and stop the fight.

“I’m still going to be big ‘Shogun’ fan, but it’s one of those things—in order to become a legend, you’ve got to beat a legend, so that’s what I did tonight,” said OSP after the biggest win of his career.

A clear underdog coming into this fight, OSP showed a fighter’s maturity up against a legend like “Shogun.”

“I knew he had me against the cage; I kind of wanted to bait him in. The minute he threw that overhand, that’s when I knew I was open, and the minute it landed, I knew I could finish him.”

Rua is now 1-4 in his last five fights and 22-10 in MMA, 6-8 in the UFC. OSP, meanwhile, improves his record to 17-6 in MMA, 5-1 in the UFC and will certainly climb the light heavyweight rankings with his big win

Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DojoDrifter.com. You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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