Ovince St. Preux will be moving back up to heavyweight to face short-notice replacement opponent Tanner Boser on June 26th. The fight, which was first reported by Nolan King of MMA Junkie, joins a UFC “Fight Night” card.
The new booking is now part of a card that is set to happen at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
St. Preux was originally expected to meet light heavyweight Maxim Grishin on the card. The original booking reportedly fell through due to visa issues for Grishin, who currently resides in Russia.
St. Preux will be fighting to return to the win column after being stopped by Jamahal Hill late last year. The bout came three months after he scored his most recent win, a knockout victory over Alonzo Menifield.
St. Preux usually competes at light heavyweight but has fought at the heavyweight class before. He made the temporary move up in May last year, battling to a split decision loss against Ben Rothwell.
Boser is getting a quick turnaround, as he last competed earlier this month. He fought to scorecards against Ilir Latifi at UFC’s June 5th, losing via split decision afterward. The bout was his second consecutive loss.
Heavyweight fighters Ciryl Gane and Alexander Volkov are set to headline UFC’s June 26th event. Here is how the show looks with the new matchup.
Bout 13: Alexander Volkov (33-8) vs. Ciryl Gane (8-0) (Heavyweight)
Bout 12: Tim Elliott (17-11-1) vs. Su Mudaerji (14-4) (Flyweight)
Bout 11: Michel Prazeres (26-3) vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov (13-0) (Welterweight)
Bout 10: Raoni Barcelos (16-1) vs. Timur Valiev (17-2) (Bantamweight)
Bout 9: Michel Prazeres (26-3) vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov (13-0) (Welterweight)
Bout 8: Charles Rosa (13-5) vs. Justin Jaynes (16-7) (Featherweight)
Bout 7: Ramazan Emeev (20-4) vs. Warlley Alves (14-4) (Welterweight)
Bout 6: Renato Moicano (14-4-1) vs. Jai Herbert (10-2) (Lightweight)
Bout 5: Yancy Medeiros (15-7) vs. Damir Hadzovic (13-6) (Lightweight)
Bout 4: Julia Avila (8-2) vs. Julija Stoliarenko (9-4-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 3: Danilo Marques (11-2) vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu (8-1) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 2: Andre Fili (21-8) vs. Daniel Pineda (27-14) (Featherweight)
Bout 1: Ovince St. Preux (25-15) vs. Tanner Boser (19-8-1) (Heavyweight)