Ovince St Preux enjoyed a quick, one-sided victory in headlining UFC Fight Night back in November, defeating an old legend of the sport in Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
The 34 second knockout earned St Preux (seen above left in a bout against Ryan Bader) the second “Performance of the Night” bonus of his UFC career, and his sixth win for the promotion.
But, perhaps surprisingly, St Preux also sustained an injury which has kept him out of action.
The Florida native, who was also a collegiate football standout at the University of Tennessee, reported to Sherdog.com that he won’t be able to fully train until next month.
“I partially tore a ligament in my hand during the ‘Shogun’ fight, so I have been getting that treated,” St. Preux said. “I figured I messed it up a little bit. But the doctor told me I had torn a ligament, so I have been hanging out. I have to wait another three weeks before I can start fully training.”
St Preux, who is 17-6 in his professional MMA career, says he hopes to fight again as soon as March of this year. Among the possible opponents? New UFC Acquisition Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
“That would be good. It’s all about positioning myself,” St. Preux said. “‘Rampage’ is a guy that is hard to knock out, but if you outwork him, you can beat him. That would be a good match-up.”