“That got his attention,” he said. “I saw pretty much everything coming after that. He threw an overhand, I slipped it, took him down.”
Moments later, Saint Preux locked in his patented Von Flue choke, and at 2:14 of round two, the fight was over.
“He’s a good kid, he fought a good fight,” he said of Oleksiejczuk. “But being a veteran, it’s the little things that count.”
Those little things added up to a big victory for the 37-year-old, who snapped a two-fight losing streak while securing his UFC record fourth Von Flue choke finish. It started an online movement to get it renamed the Von Preux choke, yet as of press time, the soft-spoken Florida native remains a brown belt in jiu-jitsu.
“It’s cool,” laughs Saint Preux. “In gi jiu-jitsu, most blue belts know more moves than I do. But this is my thing: I’m a mixed martial artist and I fight for the UFC. I’m in the Octagon. I’m not gonna be in there with a gi. Yes, when I roll with a gi on, I don’t even grab the lapels. All the submissions that I’m going for are essentially no gi. People in the gi area of jiu-jitsu, they go for all the gi submissions on me, which makes it a little difficult for me to get out of some submissions, and I’ve got to be patient with those submissions. But as long as I’m getting better, that’s all that matters. I didn’t know I was getting my brown belt when I got it, so if I get it, I get it, if I don’t, I’m still gonna be doing what I’m doing.”
And Turner did drop a little hint a while back.
“He said typically when you get your black belt it will be about 12 years,” said OSP. “Eric, I think I’m hitting that 12-year mark. (Laughs) So we’ll see.”
What there is no debate about is that Saint Preux remains dangerous in a dangerous weight class, even as he’s closing in on the big 4-0. That number doesn’t scare him, as he believes what he’s learned about nutrition, stretching and taking care of his body has him in good stead when fighting resumes.
And when all else fails, there’s always the Von Preux choke. And for that, OSP refers to the legendary Bruce Lee, who famously said, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
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