ST. LOUIS -- Ovince St. Preux moved beyond the "prospect" at Strikeforce on Saturday night, beating Benji Radach in a lopsided, unanimous decision, with the judges seeing it 30-27, 30-26, 30-25.
In the first round, Radach started with an early takedown that St. Preux had no defense for, but St. Preux methodically worked his way back to standing and then follow up with a slew of punches. Radach tried for a single leg takedown but that was a mistake, as St. Preux mounted him from the back and threw punch after punch. Radach had no answer and no way of getting out. This went on for a minute and a half, until the round ended.
St. Preux started the second round with a quick knockdown, and then continued as he had in the first. For five minutes, he stayed on Radach's back and threw punches, but was unable to finish.
The third round started differently, with Radach doing everything he could to knockout the former football player for the University of Tennessee. He threw haymakers but didn't do much damage. St. Preux responded with a vicious knee and punches, knocking Radach to the mat, and again, taking his back. After St. Preux again could not finish, the two were stood up. It didn't improve the fight, as Radach continued to try for the takedown.
St. Preux definitely has the ability and talents to be a great fighter, but needs to add to his grappling skills. He really has no excuse for not finishing the fight.
- Benji Radach