Ovince Saint Preux on sudden opponent change: “I was actually prepared for this.”

UFC Saitama Ovince Saint Preux

For Ovince Saint Preux, you just have to get ready for whatever happens, both in and out of the Octagon.

Headlining this Saturday’s card in UFC Saitama, light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux knows that you have to know what to expect in the fight game.

Initially scheduled to face Mauricio Rua in a rematch, “OSP” received a last-minute opponent change when the former champ got injured in training. According to the 34-year-old Saint Preux, he already had a gut feeling something like this would happen.

“You know, at the end of the day, it’s crazy cause that morning (when the injury was announced), I woke up and I felt something’s gonna happen and I was like well, let me kinda bypass it,” said Saint Preux during a media scrum yesterday. “And it happens all the time, you just have be prepared for it.”

“To be honest, I was actually prepared for this,” he added. “It’s what I expected. I mean, at the end of the day, just when you’ve been in the game for so long.”

“OSP” will have a unique challenge on fight night as he’ll instead face the returning Yushin Okami in the main event. Okami is currently on a four fight win streak. However, all those fights were at 170lbs, and the one-time UFC middleweight title challenger will move up two weight classes for this fight.

yushin okapi

Despite this, “OSP” isn’t taking Okami lightly at all.

“He’s a veteran of the game, he fought in Pride, fight in the UFC. He fought pretty much all organization, so I think he’d been fighting for a long time and he’s definitely no slouch. He’s fought the best of the best, too.”

In a perfect world, Saint Preux would prefer to have the rematch with “Shogun” one day. But this desire will take a backseat as he zeroes in on Okami this weekend.

“Oh, it’s gonna happen. I’m gonna make sure it (the rematch) happens,” he said. “At the end of the day, I think the most frustrating part is, like, the excitement about it, just getting ready for the fight. I know that it’s gonna be a good fight. I know that he’s gonna come off and trying to take off my head.”

“But at the end of the day, in my eyes, [it’s] like he has a big bulls-eye sign on my mind already. I’m the only one who finished him in the manner that I did, so yeah, I want it.”

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