Ovince St. Preux did not make good on his plan to unveil a new submission Saturday night, but the Strikeforce light heavyweight impressed nonetheless.

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 canvas.

“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 more punishment.

“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 ground.”

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Don't make a mistake against Anthony Johnson – but then, we knew that already

  • 13 days ago
  • 10 views

There isn’t much you can learn in 86 seconds worth of fighting, except, perhaps, the stuff you should have known already. What Johnson’s win over Bader leaves us wondering is when we’ll get a chance read news >>

UFC newcomer Randy Brown 'can't wait to do it again'

  • 13 days ago
  • 4 views

NEWARK, N.J. – Randy Brown didn’t quite make the same impact as the man who blazed the trail he took to the UFC, Sage Northcutt, but “Rude Boy” said he felt comfortable in his win and is ready to go read news >>

Bryan Barberena upset Sage Northcutt, then celebrated with a gravity-defying flip

  • 13 days ago
  • 33 views

We already knew Sage Northcutt is an athletic freak, but after upsetting the heavily promoted prospect in Saturday’s UFC on FOX 18 main-card opener, Bryan Barberena showed off some athleticism of his read news >>

Manager: Benson Henderson soon to sign; UFC wants Robbie Lawler-Tyron Woodley next

  • 11 days ago
  • 10 views

Former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson will soon make his next career move, according to his manager.Filed under: Bellator, News, UFC read news >>

Mickey Gall's master plan is paying off (Yahoo Sports)

  • 10 days ago
  • 0 views

From Yahoo Sports: Mickey Gall had a plan to make himself known – fight CM Punk. Now all he has to do is beat Mike Jackson. read news >>

MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 82

  • 10 days ago
  • 2 views

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC return to “Sin City” for UFC Fight Night 82 in Las Vegas.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Cowboy Cerrone Unscathed After Rolling Truck, 'I Will Still Make My Fight'

  • 10 days ago
  • 4 views

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (28-7, 1 NC) rarely offers up a dull moment in or out of the cage. Tuesday would be no different. The former lightweight title contender rolled his truck but luckily walked aw read news >>

Mickey Gall's master plan is paying off (Yahoo Sports)

  • 10 days ago
  • 2 views

From Yahoo Sports: Mickey Gall had a plan to make himself known – fight CM Punk. Now all he has to do is beat Mike Jackson. read news >>

Bellator signs PRIDE, Strikeforce, veteran heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov to multi-fight deal

  • 10 days ago
  • 3 views

Two days after the announcement of one of its highest profile free-agent signings to date, Bellator continues to bolster its roster with the addition of a veteran heavyweight.Filed under: Bellator, N read news >>

Bellator Signs Former Pride Heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov

  • 9 days ago
  • 2 views

Pride and Strikeforce veteran Sergei Kharitonov is the latest free agent signed by Bellator MMA. read news >>