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Ovince Saint Preux
TRAINING: I get up and train Boxing or BJJ in the morning, depending on the day. Then Strength & Conditioning with Nate Hoffmeister around noon. Then MMA training from 4-9 with Knoxville Martial Arts Academy. I do that 4-5 days a week and use Wednesdays and Sundays as recovery days. Three weeks before the fight I go down to Atlanta, GA and get a lot of sparring rounds with some of those guys - Jucao, Dhiego & Douglas Lima, Brian Stann, etc. They have a great group down there and I'm very thankful that they let me come down and train with them.
Thoughts on opponent, Nikita Krylov? I think he's a very dangerous striker who isn't afraid of anyone. The way he went right at Walt shows that he has no fear. I'm actually very blessed because I have a former Master of Sport in Nikita's style who trains with my gym. So when I heard I was going to get the opportunity to fight Nikita, I was already well versed in his style. I'm going to go out there and implement my game plan. I spent seven weeks preparing to fight a murderous striker with a black belt in BJJ (Thiago Silva), and I see no reason to change up the game plan with a new opponent and only four weeks until the fight.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I wanted to find something to challenge me after college football. I started training for fun, and after my first fight I fell in love with the sport.
What ranks and titles have you held? None.
Do you have any heroes? My mother and father.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? A dream come true. Everyone aims at the top, so to finally make it here is HUGE! But I'm not done yet; I plan on making it to the top of the UFC - just wait and see!
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I received my bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of Tennessee.
What was your job before you started fighting? Student
Favorite grappling technique: Guillotine
Favorite striking technique: High kick and superman punch.