Ovince Saint Preux knows that come April 23, Jon Jones will come all out in their meeting at UFC 197 and so far he has yet to find a perfect combination that would be so lethal to score the upset victory.
Preux knows that he is the underdog going into the fight with a 5-1 odds favoring Jones, but he does not seem to mind all of this as he gears up for his final preparations for the fight that he calls an “opportunity.” And finding that lethal combination would make this “opportunity” a life changing event for the 33-year old fighting out of Knoxville, Tennessee.
“The opportunity, that’s the thing about it: Opportunity. Anything can happen in any given opportunity. So I had opportunities. If I was offered an opportunity, I would take it. That’s the thing I’m going to do and make the best out of the opportunity. I’m not worried about what anybody else did in the past. I know what Diaz did to Conor. OK, but Conor went up two weight classes. So at the end of the day, just like I’ve been given the opportunity and I’m going to make the best of the situation,” Preux said.
He added that if Jones breaks down mentally, he will explore that opportunity and most likely score the win. He himself is not taking any chances coming to their fight which will be at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas. He describes his mental state as “cool, calm and collected.”
“That’s the only way I’ve been feeling. You know, a lot of times people think it has a lot to do with your physical attributes, but a lot of it comes from mental preparation, too. I’m just cool, calm, collected,” Preux explained.
MMA Junkie reports that Jones is making a comeback after being stripped and suspended by the UFC for 15 months due to various run-ins with the law and sets to fight current lightweight champ Daniel Cormier, who was forced to withdraw because of an injury. Preux stepped in for Cormier and the two sets to meet the Interim lightweight champion, with barely three weeks to prepare on the side for Preux following a unanimous decision over Rafael Cavalcante in February.
Stepping in as a late replacement is not something new for Preux as he once competed three times with less than two months with the now-defunct Strikeforce. However, the pressure of delivering the results that fight fans want comes as a major takedown for Preux, but he is not giving it much-needed attention.
“These past two weeks, they’ve been a struggle, but at the same time, they’ve been a blessing, just for the simple fact that they’ve been condensed into one little piece. I pick up pretty quickly on pretty much everything. If you show me something today, I can pull it off Saturday night,” Preux explained
Thus, Preux might be looking into some point from Alexander Gustafsson’s win over Jones and might have considered something worth using in his coming fight against Jones, but until then, fight night will just sleep a night away and the results will be exciting for both fighters.
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