Fighter Ovince St. Preux rising to new heights

Ovince St. Preux (right) walks away after the referee calls the fight as Ryan Jimmo (bottom)...

Ovince St. Preux (right) walks away after the referee calls the fight as Ryan Jimmo (bottom) suffered a broken arm during UFC 174 in Vancouver on June 14, 2014. (Carmine Marinelli/QMI Agency)

DANIEL AUSTIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:33 PM ET

So far, Ovince St. Preux’s UFC career has been on an uninterrupted rise.

In only five fights, he’s gone from undercard afterthought to UFC Fight Night: Bangor headliner, collecting an eclectic mix of finishes along the way.

The former University of Tennessee linebacker showed off his powerful ground and pound to knockout Cody Donovan back at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen last August. At UFC 174, he relied on a note-perfect chicken wing to cause Edmonton’s Ryan Jimmo to tap-out in the second round, while he showed he could go the distance when he earned a decision victory of Gian Villante back at UFC 159.

Next up is Ryan Bader, and St. Preux believes their fight Saturday night will be the springboard he needs to launch him into the light-heavyweight title picture.

“My goal is to be the top guy, and beating him will definitely put me in the top tier of the weight class, if not the top-five,” St. Preux said.


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