Considering Ovince St. Preux needed less than 40 seconds to take out the legendary “Shogun” Rua at UFC Fight Night 56, no one should be surprised to hear the light-heavyweight picked up a “Performance of the Night”.
St. Preux took out Rua with a series of shots shortly into their main event tilt, in what was certainly his greatest victory to date. “OSP” also picked up an extra $50 grand for the award.
Since Rua has lost four of his last five fights, there will be considerable discussion in the coming days regarding his future. The former champ is only 32 years old, but he will be far removed from contender status as a result of this latest defeat.
At the post-fight presser, Rua was asked about his future, and the Brazilian said he would take some time to discuss the defeat with his team. If Rua plans to continue fighting, then calls for him to drop to 185 will likely increase.
The other “Performance of the Night” went to Leandro Silva, for his first round, submission win over Charlie Brenneman.
The card’s “Fight of the Night” went to Thomas Almeida and Tim Gorman, who threw down for three straight rounds. Almeida won the bantamweight fight by unanimous decision.
UFC FN 56 was hosted by Uberlandia, Brazil.