The last of two light heavyweight bouts on the main card of UFC on ESPN this Saturday is a classic gatekeeper vs. prospect matchup as Ovince Saint Preux faces Alonzo Menifield live on ESPN+ from Las Vegas.
This bout was rescheduled from two weeks ago when Saint Preux tested positive for Covid-19, but both fighters got on the scale at weigh-in and should be ready to fight on Saturday.
Saint Preux is an exciting fighter that has earned a Performance of The Night bonus in his last three UFC victories. The light heavyweight stalwart is 24-14 in his career, with a UFC mark of 12-9. He’s got 11 KO’s and eight submissions in his career, and fought Jon Jones for the belt in 2016.
Though he lands just 2.60 significant strikes per minute and 1.27 takedowns per fight, when he does land or get you on the mat, it’s often with power and fury. His last outing was a split decision loss to Ben Rothwell in Jacksonville during the UFC’s return to action post-Covid-19 on May 13th.
Menifield at 9-1 and 2-1 in the UFC is still an up-and-comer, though he lost his last bout against Devin Clark via unanimous on June 6th for the first defeat of his career. It was the first fight of his career to reach a third round, and he showed some conditioning issues during the contest.
All nine of the wins for the 32-year-old from Dallas, Texas are via stoppage, eight of them by knockout. After dominating his first two UFC opponents with first-round KO’s, Clark landed more significant strikes 79-39, and had a takedown that put Menifield on the canvas for the first time in the promotion.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Ovince Saint Preux vs. Alonzo Menifield at UFC Fight Night on September 5th:
Money line odds
Ovince Saint Preux: +110
Alonzo Menifield: -134
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