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Ovince St. Preux Plans to Defeat T.J. Cook
Ovince St. Preux lost to ex champion Gegard Mousasi last December 17 Strikeforce but this fight does not mean that he showed the best that he can be on the cage. St. Preux recalled that in just fifteen minutes of his fight with Mousasi, he saw referee Steven Davis hoisted Mousasi’s hand; he also believed that this was the toughest test of his career as well as his first setback since he began his career.
St. Preux returns to the cage once again this Saturday as he fights T.J. Cook at the “Rousey versus Kaufman”. He mentions in his latest interview that although the loss to Mousasi was over half a year ago, he still uses it as a fuel to face Cook at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California, USA.
St. Preux was interviewed by Sherdog.com and he was once again asked of his latest defeat against Mousasi. This time he answered: “I’m better that I thought I was. I was more afraid of the mystique of Mousasi than Mousasi himself. I was fighting the guy in my head – the K-1 star, the young legend, the Strikeforce light heavyweight champ. I wasn’t fighting the other guy in the cage until the third round.” St. Preux also adds that he regrets not fighting using his full potential however; he plans not to change anything and plans to learn from his defeat as he prepares for more impressive fights in the future. He also believes that if he and Mousasi should be in a rematch, the odds would be in his favor.
“Mousasi didn’t beat me on my feet. He didn’t land any significant strikes while standing up. He landed some good punches on the ground in the first and then it was downhill for him. [He was the one] who pressed the fight to be a grappling match.”
St, Preux is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and he has an impressive 11 wins and 5 losses in his career. His latest win was over a year ago against Joe Carson at the Strikeforce Challengers 17 in July 2011. He has mentioned several times that his defeat against Mousasi will always be a motivation to help improve his skills; it will also increase his self confidence when he is fighting in the cage. He closed the interview by saying: “Give me anyone. Please give me Mousasi again; let me wreck him!”