Nzechukwu vs St Preux Prediction: Young Meets Old At Light Heavyweight



Nzechukwu vs St Preux Prediction: Young Meets Old At Light Heavyweight

On Saturday night, the old man of the light heavyweight division looks to put a big dent in the chances of man 10 years his junior to make it into the rankings.

We’ve got all the news and information in our Kennedy Nzechukwu vs Ovince Saint Preux prediction. The matchup sees two men looking to get that winning feeling back.

Veteran Saint Preux might have the experience but much of it is in losing causes and he for sure won’t want to add another L on his record.

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It hasn’t been the most consistent start to life in Dana White’s promotion for Nzechukwu. He impressed during the Contender’s Series but life hasn’t gone quite as well as he’d have hoped since.

But at 31-years-old he’s still got plenty of time to turn things around. How much will age play into our Nzechukwu vs St Preux prediction?

Kennedy Nzechukwu Preview

‘African Savage’ Nzechukwu comes from Nigeria and first came to prominence in MMA’s biggest company in 2018. He defeated Dennis Bryant inside two minutes to earn himself a UFC contract, in Dana White’s Contender Series 16.

Since then he’s 6-4 in the light heavyweight division. He lost the first fight on his contract in a fight with Paul Craig. 

After that, he strung three wins on the bounce, but lost the next two to give him a 3-3 record. The inconsistency continued with another three victories in a row, before he lost to Dustin Jacoby last time out, back in August.

Of his 12 MMA victories, eight have come by knockout, three by decision and one by submission. His four losses have come from two knockouts and one each by the other two methods. 

Ovince Saint Preux Preview

At nearly 41 years old, you wouldn’t exactly blame OSP if he decided to call it a day in the near future. The Florida native isn’t exactly in great form when it comes to his record either.

As well as losing last time out, against Philipe Lens in February 2023, he’s also lost four of his past six fights. 

That has to affect our Kennedy Nzechukwu vs Ovince Saint Preux prediction, especially with the light heavyweight having lost 12 times in total in his career inside the Octagon. 

His most recent three defeats have come via stoppage and, considering his opponent’s stats of finishes, it feels like this will go against him.

Overall he has 12 wins by stoppage, eight by submission and six by decision. Five losses are by stoppage, nine by decision and just three by submission.

Kennedy Nzechukwu vs Ovince Saint Preux Prediction: A Tough Night For The Vet

Considering his recent record, it’s no wonder we don’t really fancy OSP in our Nzechukwu vs Saint Preux prediction.

Last week another Saint, Saint-Denis, let us down in our prediction so there’s two reasons not to back the Haitian…

At -650 there isn’t much value going for Nzechukwu on the Moneyline, with Saint Preux a huge +470 underdog. There is more value to be had elsewhere.

Nzechukwu to win by TKO/KO isn’t huge odds but at -225 it’s certainly the best option, with the decision at +550 not worth a punt.

Despite the fact his loss to Lins came in the first round, we think OSP will last longer so the fight to go over 1.5 rounds at +120 is our second prediction.

Finally we’ll take Nzechukwu to win via TKO/KO in Round 2 at +380. It all seems pretty straight forward.

Ryan Sidle is a sports journalist with nearly a decade in the industry. He's been interested in boxing since Mike Tyson vs Frank Bruno and his MMA fandom was sparked by Michael Bisping and Anderson Silva.