UFC Picks: OSP vs. Jones Fighting Style Breakdowns

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Sunday, April 17, 2016 6:00 PM GMT

On  April 23rd the showdown between Ovince Saint Preux and Jon Bones Jones will take place in Sin City at UFC 197. Let's break down the main event in order to cash in our UFC picks this Saturday.

Ovince Saint Preux
Record: 19-7, 9 Knockouts, 5 Submissions
Age: 33
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 205 pounds
Reach: 80 inches
MMA Background: Kickboxing, Grappling & Blue Belt in BJJ

Ovince Saint Preux, aka OSP, does not own a formal martial arts background or pedigree. He is an athlete first and foremost which allows him to morph comfortably into any athletic endeavor. He brings bone crushing power to the cage along the lines of Rampage Jackson back in his salad days. And like OSP, Rampage did not have the requisite black belt in any particular discipline nor did he compete at a high level in any combat sport beyond high school. Both men are simply gifted with athletic ability and murderous striking ability.

Though Jackson is past his expiration date, Saint Preux is still legitimately in his prime though at 33-years-old that window closes daily, albeit ever so slightly. While OSP has the ability to turn the lights out on anyone when standing up he is not the consummate grappler. Yet his ability to exploit weaknesses on the ground has led to his five submissions over lower tiered fighters but he is not equipped to handle the more accomplished mat masters in the division like Glover Teixeira, who finished OSP in the third round via rear naked choke.

But before the end came it should be noted that Saint Preux did a commendable job of scrambling to his feet after each of Teixeira's first round takedowns. Ultimately, it wasn't enough, yet OSP rebounded with a unanimous decision victory over former Strikeforce king Rafael Cavalcante in his last appearance. At age 36 Cavalcante is not the fighter he once was but he is nonetheless a BJJ black belt and Saint Preux was able to overcome his ground skills.


 

Jon Jones
Record: 21-1, 9 Knockouts, 6 Submissions
Age: 28
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 205 pounds
Reach: 85 inches
MMA Background: National JUCO Wrestling Champion, Black Belt in Gaidojutsu

MMA is the world where disciplines not only collide but become assimilated into a hybrid of martial mayhem. There is no better example of a pure hybrid than Jon Bones Jones. In fact, even his chosen discipline of Gaidojutsu is a hybrid style that plucks the best from judo, wrestling, grappling and kickboxing. It emanates from Jones's trainer Greg Jackson who founded the discipline and it has served his favorite protégé well throughout his sparkling career.

There is a reason why Jon Jones is pound-for-pound the best fighter on the planet. Actually there are several reasons and chief among them is his preternatural ability to strike with the best strikers and grapple with the most decorated mat technicians on the planet. But perhaps the most terrifying weapon in his arsenal is his array of spinning elbows that greet their target like a heat seeking missile. His tools include thunderous hooks, bone jarring knees, relentless elbows and an exemplary ground game. In addition, Jones owns an 85 inch reach which means any opponent who wants to strike needs to come to the former champion. All Jones has to do is wait until his prey comes within striking distance and then the assault is on.

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Style vs. Style
Many believe OSP is a poor man's Anthony "Rumble" Johnson. While Saint Preux may be half a click below Johnson in terms of pure punching power he does possess a better ground game and is far more adept at submissions. The problem is that being better than someone who has no ground game does very little against someone (like Jon Jones) who is among the very best in the world. Saint Preux will not win this fight on the ground, therefore he will need to stand, trade and hope to catch Jones clean. If he does that it could be an interesting night.

That being said, Jon Jones is not a prohibitive UFC odds favorite for nothing. If you were to lay the -495 at BetDSI and back Jones in your UFC picks then I would say the only thing you need to be concerned about is the former champ's mental acuity in light of his recent personal issues. If Jones is sharp, focused and has maintained his world class abilities then the end will come swiftly for Saint Preux. 

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Free UFC Pick:  Jon Jones -495
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