Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight (sorta!) veterans Ovince Saint Preux and Yushin Okami clashed last night (Sept. 22, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 117 inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
OSP entered this bout hoping to continue his climb back into the title mix. Things went south after fighting Jon Jones for the interim strap, but he’s since returned to the win column and had a chance last night to make it two wins in a row.
As for Okami, this was certainly an unexpected change of events. An injury to “Shogun” Rua created the need for a large, skilled fighter able to fight in Japan on a week’s notice, and “Thunder” was happy to answer the call.
Okami immediately opened the fight with what was essentially a guard pull. The Japanese fighter attempted a half guard sweep, but Saint Preux countered with a guillotine and maintained top position. From his back, Okami latched onto his own guillotine, but it wasn’t very tight.
Saint Preux immediately began to counter with his favorite choke, the Von Flue. Okami was in something similar to a full guard, but OSP is amazing at this choke. He immediately applied heavy shoulder pressure, inching his way to half guard and then side control.
Seconds later, Okami was asleep.
Saint Preux and his Von Flue choke are something else entirely. Okami wasn’t in bad position when he attempted the guillotine — though he held it for too long considering his opponent’s reputation — but OSP’s shoulder pressure is absolutely immense.
He’s a unique athlete, and that choke must take full advantage of it.
There’s not much more to break down or analyze. Okami pulled guard, attempted a sweep, and then was Von Flued almost instantly. It’s a good win for OSP that pushes him further past his recent losing streak, and Saint Preux stated he still wants “Shogun” for his next bout.
Besides that, two Von Flue chokes in a row? That’s a record that will stand the test of time.
As for Okami, this isn’t the worst possible result. He was never likely to win this bout, pretty much relying on his opponent messing up in some way or another in order for him to score the win. The most likely result was OSP brutalizing him with heavy punches, but instead Okami took a pretty painless loss and is back in the UFC.
Okami got paid pretty well for what was essentially a jiu-jitsu match.
Last night, Ovince St. Preux made history by securing his third Von Flue choke. Is OSP a top contender at 205 pounds?
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