Ovince Saint Preux is in an awkward situation. Coming off a tough five round decision loss to Ryan Bader, OSP was originally slated to face Rafael Cavalcante in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 56 in Uberlândia, Brazil. Cavalcante was injured, awwww, but he was replaced by Francimar Barroso versus OSP (hurray). 10 days out from UFN 56 Maurício “Shogun” Rua’s dance partner Jimi Manuwa was injured and OSP was tabbed as the Brit’s replacement.
Three different opponents in the span of a month and now OSP must face a fighter he idolized. There comes a time in everyone’s life where they must figuratively or literally be locked in a Octagon with their idols. OSP spoke with UFC.com about his opportunity to step in versus Shogun.
“At one point in time, everybody’s been a fan of Shogun’s, you talk about kickboxing and going after slick leglocks and stuff, that was Shogun. You talk about knocking people out, that was Shogun. But it’s just one of those situations where it’s eventually gonna happen.”
Many 1970s Kung fu films were based on situations exactly like OSP versus Shogun at UFN 56. The Wu Tang Clan rapped about this scenario. Right now writers in Hollywood are drawing up another installment in the Kung Fu Panda movie franchise based solely on OSP being a fan of Shogun and now having to face the Pride FC legend in a cage fight.
Despite mounting pressure on OSP shoulders, the former Tennessee Volunteer linebacker passes the burden to Shogun.
“Right now, I feel like he has everything to lose. I’m coming to his backyard and of course the Brazilian fans will let you know who they’re rooting for (Laughs), but at the same time, I feel like all the pressure’s on him.”
OSP has a huge opportunity to upset a legend. Shogun, coming off a loss, is in a must win situation. The main event of UFC Fight Night 56 has to end with a Hollywood stylized highlight reel KO. It has been written.