UFC 174 Adds Ryan Jimmo vs. Ovince St. Preux to Complete Main Card

May 3, 2014


UFC 174 Adds Ryan Jimmo vs. Ovince St. Preux to Complete Main Card

E. Spencer Kyte – The main card for UFC 174 in Vancouver is now complete with the addition of a light heavyweight battle between Canadian Ryan Jimmo and No. 14-ranked Ovince St. Preux.

UFC sources confirmed the bout earlier this morning.

Jimmo got back into the win column last month with a first-round knockout win over newcomer Sean O’Connell as part of the TUF Nations Finale in Quebec City, caching O’Connell with a nasty right hand late in the opening frame. The finish earned “Big Deal” one of the two Performance of the Night bonuses for the event.

A former linebacker at the University of Tennessee, St. Preux collected a bonus check in his last appearance as well when he earned a first-round submission win over Nikita Krylov with a rarely seen Von Flue Choke in the opening bout of the UFC 171 pay-per-view card.

With the light heavyweight division currently in a state of flux, the contest could launch the victor into the Top 10 of the 205-pound ranks.

After pushing his winning streak to 17 with a record-tying seven-second knockout victory over Anthony Perosh in his UFC debut, injuries hampered Jimmo in two of his next three bouts, both of which were losses. But the 32-year-old Nova Scotia native, who now trains with Ryan Bader and C.B. Dollaway at Power MMA in Gilbert, Arizona, looked impressive in his return to the win column last month and will be looking to do his post-fight robot victory dance in front of the Canadian fans for a second time.

St. Preux struggled out of the gate, earning just three wins in his first seven fights as he transitioned from the gridiron to the grind of professional fighting. But beginning with a September 2010 victory in Puerto Rico, “OSP” has been on a roll, rattling off 12 wins in his last 13 outings. The only setback in that time came against former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi.

The addition of Jimmo and St. Preux brings the fight tally for the June 14 event at Rogers Arena to 10. Here’s a look at how the card breaks down as of right now:

Demetrious Johnson vs. Ali Bagautinov — for the UFC flyweight championship
Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley
Ryan Bader vs. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante
Brendan Schaub vs. Andrei Arlovski
Ryan Jimmo vs. Ovince St. Preux

Daniel Sarafian vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
Yves Jabouin vs. Mike Easton
Roland Delorme vs. Michinori Tanaka
Germaine de Randemie vs. Milena Dudevia
Kajan Johnson vs. Tae Hyun Bang

UFC 174 takes place on Saturday, June 14 at Rogers Arena. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.



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