Ovince St. Preux Declines Cormier’s Training Offer
Facing a motivated and hungry Jon Jones in the former champion’s first fight back is a tall task in itself and Ovince St. Preux has been offered help by UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, which is the very man St. Preux is replacing.
However, it appears St. Preux will go forth with his usual training routine at Knoxville Martial Arts Academy. St. Preux said he appreciates Daniel Cormier’s offer to come train at AKA, but respectfully declines. Jason Floyd tweeted out some information on this topic.
Ovince Saint Preux just said on The MMA Hour that he will decline Daniel Cormier’s offer to come train at AKA
— Jason Floyd (@Jason_Floyd) April 4, 2016
Both Cormier and OSP were guests on today’s edition of The MMA Hour. Cormier made his appearance first on the show, where he offered to train OSP and even pay for his travel to American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California. OSP came on shortly after and gave a rebuttal to Cormier’s offer, thus declining it.
It comes as no surprise that Cormier would want to train St. Preux and give him any advantage again Jones given the general distaste that Cormier feels for Jones. Although it seems logical that St. Preux just wants to stay at his original training camp, but he could be missing out on some hands on training that could be beneficial to him because Cormier has been in there with Jones for 5 solid rounds.
The former Tennessee volunteer football player does have something in common with Jones that he can take in his training because St Preux has also fought Shogun Rua, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira. With that in mind, Jon Jones is a completely different animal when it comes to facing him in the octagon.
Critics often criticize OSP because he looks good against low ranked fighters, but when it comes to big fights he fails to perform against high-profile opponents such as Bader and Texeira. OSP comes in as the big underdog, but underdogs such has Holly Holm and TJ Dillashaw have been known to shock the world and St. Preux hopes to do the same.