Ovince Saint Preux found a bizarre “friend” in the person of Daniel Cormier, who has extended a helping hand in training him for his upcoming match against Jon Jones at UFC 197 slated on April 23.
Saint Preux appeared on TMZ sports and stated that he “humbly accepted” the offer of the current light heavyweight champion but clarified that his camp, which is headed by his trainer Joey Zonar will still look after his training.
“I have not talked to him (Cormier) and I know DC and we are cool. I humbly accept his offer but, my camp and I have started this since day one and we are eager to finish this one through,” Saint Preux said.
He added that Cormier’s participation in his training will be on a “guest” only basis and will focus on some tips on how to beat Jones. In the tone of Saint Preux’s voice, it seems he is apprehensive since if he gets to win over Jones, he will then get a title shot against Cormier.
Saint Preux also thanked Cormier for his hospitality and over at MMA Fighting, he added that he is willing to sacrifice everything just to get the win over Jones. He even admitted that back in 2009, he was thinking of retiring from the UFC following a back-to-back loss to Nik Fekete and Virgil Zwicker. However, he managed to turn things around and since then went on to take 13 wins and two losses.
“If I can’t turn this thing around… I would probably call it a quits. And the reason that it happened was because when I started the talents was always there, I was working on my own, I was training on my own, doing my cardio on my own. I was always pushing myself but you cannot always push yourself to the limit that is why you need a personal trainer to help you with that and I thank Nate Hoffmeister because he just light me up and that is why I started lighting everyone up,” Saint Preux explained.
He added that if he would have taken the retirement road, he would have other jobs’ line up for him, but revealed that fighting inside the Octagon is still his first love.
Now, Saint Preux is ready to take on the world when he faces Jones. He is coming to the fight with 19 wins and 7 loses with his latest victory over Rafael Cavalcante.
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