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We have a rematch in the Light Heavyweight division, as “OSP” Ovince St. Preux takes on the legend Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Having bounced around the Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight division, OSP has found both equally challenging. A loser of two straight and three of the last four, OSP steps into this rematch needing a jolt. Meanwhile, Rua returns to the octagon for the first time since being defeated by Paul Craig in November of 2020. Closing in on the end to a brilliant career, Rua will look to redeem himself for him main event falter against OSP back in 2014.
As for a prediction, I have OSP winning. While OSP has looked like a shell of himself, I just can’t get behind Rua at this stage in his career. Which is odd, considering he is 5-2-1 in his last eight fights. However, those eight fights spanned over seven and a half years. At 40 years old and with 40 professional fights, Rua has lost the speed that made him dangerous. Not that OSP hasn’t slowed down either, but he’s still the better athlete. Something which aided him back in 2014 and I believe will do such again in 2022. Throw in a sharp jab and his willingness to throw leg kicks, and I eventually foresee something that puts Rua down and out. So with that said, I predict that OSP will close the chapter on Rua via KO.