While Jon Jones’ lack-luster performance against Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 on Saturday has made all the headlines in the aftermath of the fight, Ovince Saint Preux deserves credit for his courage after continuing to fight despite breaking his arm in the fourth round.
According to Fightmetric research, Jones outlanded Saint Preux in total strikes 131 to 58. However, that was not enough to topple the former college football star as he bravely remained on his feet and was able to force the judges to decide the bout.
What further emphasises Saint Preux’s grit and character is the fact that he broke his arm during the fourth round but continued to battle.
“OSP had a broken arm in the fourth and fifth round,” confirmed UFC president Dana White in Saint Preux’s absence after the fight.
Despite all three judges scoring the fight in favour of Jones, when Saint Preux was reached for comment he was quick to point-out that merely surviving five rounds with the man who is widely regarded as the best mixed martial arts fighter in the world was a victory in itself.
“I just wanted to come out here, Jon is the pound-for-pound best fighter to ever come through mixed martial arts,” Saint Preux said.
“For me to come in here and do what I did, I’m pretty proud of myself. I only had three weeks to get ready. I gave it everything I had. I did a pretty good job.”