Preux did not make good on his plan to unveil a new submission
Saturday night, but the Strikeforce light heavyweight impressed
St. Preux entered the cage as a heavy favorite against T.J. Cook, and
“OSP” proved deserving of that status in the contest’s early going,
kicking off the Showtime-broadcast main card of
Strikeforce “Rousey vs. Kaufman” by clubbing Cook with a left
hook to the temple that caused the 29-year-old to crumble to the
“I definitely think I rocked him pretty good in the first round. I
wasn’t even looking at him, and I could tell that every time I hit
him he was going limp, but he just kept on waking up,” St. Preux
said at the post fight press conference at Valley View Casino
Center in San Diego, Calif.
To Cook’s credit, he managed to recover from the blow, even as St.
Preux attempted to finish him with ground-and-pound against the
cage. The undersized Floridian was able to regain his base and
cover up, weathering St. Preux’s storm before cracking the southpaw
back with some hard shots of his own.
“I definitely was surprised [at how Cook recovered]. I stunned him
really bad and went in for the finish, but every time I would get a
clean shot in, he would come back,” St. Preux told Showtime Sports.
“I think I exerted too much energy trying to finish him and kind of
backed off a little bit.”
While the first half of round two consisted mainly of St. Preux
catching his wind, the frame was not totally without action, as the
former University of Tennessee linebacker planted Cook with a
powerful double-leg takedown before transitioning to the mount,
where he would end the period.
In the third stanza, St. Preux finally found the finishing stroke
that eluded him in the first frame, launching a monstrous left hook
that caromed off Cook’s skull, stiffening the Floridian and causing
him to fall flat on his back. Further offense was not needed, as
referee Mike Beltran rushed in to save the fallen fighter from any
“When the third round came, I was definitely feeling refreshed and
had a little bounce to my step. I got him with a jab a couple of
times, and I backed off to try to regroup,” said St. Preux. “As I
was going back in, [Cook’s] coach was like, ‘Throw the overhand
right. It’s there.’ Then I thought about it and realized my
overhand left was there too. I went ahead and threw it and caught
him right on the button. I knew he was out before he hit the