In the first bout of the UFC 171 Pay-Per-View broadcast tonight, Ovince St. Preux choked out Nikita Krylov in short order to remain undefeated in the promotion.
St. Preux, of Florida but fighting out of Tennessee (where he was a Division 1 football player for the University of Tennessee), attacked with a kick to the body and ducked into a takedown early in the first stanza. Krylov, the first Ukrainian mixed martial artist to appear in the UFC, tried to attack with a guillotine choke, but St. Preux pressured down from side control with shoulder pressure. The position, known as the “Jason Von Flue Choke,” resulted in Krylov rendered unconscious at 1:29 of the round.
The (-375) favorite St. Preux, who although 30 years old is still relatively young in his MMA career, improves to 14-5 overall, and 3-0 in UFC.
The (+285) underdog Krylov, among the youngest fighters in the UFC at only 22, drops to 1-2 in UFC and 19-4 overall. He was a replacement for Thiago Silva, who was released by the UFC after being arrested for aggravated assault last month.
At UFC 171, Ovince St. Preux defeated Nikita Krylov by technical submission (Jason Von Flue Choke) at 1:29 of round one.