Alberta heavyweight Tanner Boser bounces back with UFC win over Ovince Saint Preux

LAS VEGAS — Alberta heavyweight Tanner (The Bulldozer) Boser stopped Ovince (OSP) Saint Preux within the second spherical of the co-main occasion of a UFC Fight Night card Saturday.

The win snapped a two-fight shedding streak for Boser, but it surely got here with some controversy.

After a sluggish first-round displaying, Saint Preux tried for a takedown a minute into the second spherical, finally getting Boser to the bottom after they clinched on the fence. Boser was warned for grabbing the fence with his proper hand as he labored his strategy to his ft, prompting Saint Preux’s nook to scream foul.

Replays had been unclear whether or not he had certainly grabbed the fence.

Boser then caught Saint Preux with a knee and, two punches later, felled him with a proper to the top. Referee Jason Herzog stepped in to cease the punishment at 2:31 of the spherical.

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Boser (20-8-1) accepted the struggle on brief discover after Saint Preux’s unique opponent, Russian Maxim Grishin was unable to compete resulting from visa points. Saint Preux (25-16-0) agreed to maneuver as much as heavyweight to face Boser, who had requested a fast return to motion after a June 5 loss to Sweden’s Ilir (The Sledgehammer) Latifi.

“I’m feeling pretty good, what can I say?” Boser, a 29-year-old from Bonnyville, Alta., who now calls Edmonton dwelling, stated after the bout. “I had to right the ship. I lost a very close decision three weeks ago. I wasn’t injured. Of course, I think I won that fight. Of course, my opponent would disagree. That’s how it goes in a fight like that.

“But I needed to save the summer.”

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The major occasion on the UFC Apex manufacturing facility noticed France’s Cyril (Bon Gamin) Gane, ranked third amongst heavyweight contenders, win a unanimous (50-45, 50-45, 49-46) determination over No. 5 Alexander (Drago) Volkov of Russia.

Boser weighed in at 240 kilos whereas Saint Preux was 230. At six foot three and a half inches, Saint Preux had a 1.5-inch peak benefit and five-inch attain benefit.

Boser, a cell heavyweight, was the early aggressor. He got here out firing kicks at Saint Preux whereas mixing jabs and seeking to land energy pictures with his proper hand. Saint Preux did little within the first spherical.

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“What are you waiting on? We gave that round away,” Saint Preux’s cornerman stated after the spherical.

The 38-year-old Saint Preux, who was coming off a December loss to light-heavyweight Jamahal (Sweet Dreams) Hill, fought as a heavyweight in May 2020 when, after weighing in at 240.5 kilos, he misplaced a cut up determination to 265-pound Ben Rothwell.

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Saint Preux, a former University of Tennessee soccer participant, has missed the 206-pound light-heavyweight non-title restrict previously.

He made his UFC debut in April 2013 at UFC 159 and is now 13-11-0 within the promotion. He fought for the interim light-heavyweight championship in April 2016, shedding to Jon (Bones) Jones at UFC 197.

Against Latifi, Boser was on the incorrect finish of a 28-29, 29-27, 28-29 cut up determination although Boser had a 45-10 edge in important strikes, in response to UFC Stats.

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Boser noticed his two-fight win streak snapped in a loss to former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei (The Pit Bull) Arlovski in November. Boser landed 68 of 119 important strike makes an attempt whereas Arlovski was good on 34 of 82 makes an attempt. But Arlovski confirmed extra energy.

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While all three judges scored the struggle 29-28 for Arlovski, every awarded Boser a distinct spherical. Boser blamed himself afterwards, saying he had been too complacent.

Boser, who raised his UFC file to 4-3-0, is not any stranger to short-notice assignments.

In 2019, he beat Daniel Spitz on Oct. 18 and misplaced to Gane on Dec. 21. And final 12 months he posted wins over Philipe (Monstro) Lins and Raphael (Bebezoa) Pessoa on June 27 and July 25, respectively.

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