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Francis Ngannou all praise for UFC Heavyweight rival despite loss on division debut

Francis Ngannou had some great words for Ovince Saint Preux

Ovince Saint Preux made his UFC Heavyweight debut in a losing cause against Ben Rothwell

Francis Ngannou had some great words for Ovince Saint Preux after the Haitian-American’s UFC Heavyweight debut.

Preux is one of the most experienced MMA stars in the world and has fought in several other promotions.

Ben Rothwell got the better of Ovince Saint Preux
Ben Rothwell (L) of the United States fights Ovince Saint Preux (R) of the United States in their Heavyweight bout during UFC Fight Night (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

This was his UFC Heavyweight debut but it was against another experienced star Ben Rothwell. OSP, as Preux is called, actually put up some decent hits, and lost only via a split decision.

Rothwell did look good but fighting in a new division is never easy. OSP got a lot of praise from his fellow UFC fighters and got some love from Ngannou too.

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Francis Ngannou (R) of Cameroon misses a punch against Jair Rozenstruik of Suriname in their Heavyweight fight during UFC 249 (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

The Heavyweight title contender tweeted his reaction to the clash and said:

“OSP did great on is heavyweight debut against a big body like Big Ben. #UFCJAX”

There was more praise to come for OSP and it was from one of the greatest ever.

Jones also impressed by OSP

Jon Jones is one of the greatest MMA stars of all time, and he too posted about OSP’s heavyweight debut.

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Jon Jones reacts to being poked in the eye by Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden during a Light Heavyweight titlebout during UFC 232 (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Jones claimed OSP looked like a younger version of himself but still needed to work on one aspect of his game:

“Man it was weird seeing OSP fight at heavyweight, made it seem so much more real for me. Especially knowing he was at 240lbs. With a little more cardio, he would’ve been (cherries emoji) I was visualizing myself as him that whole fight.”

Jones has been talking about taking on a new rival, and he even suggested that Ngannou could be a rival for him.

The Light Heavyweight champion and Ngannou fight in different divisions, and it will be interesting to see if this ever takes place.

Jones is one of the greatest ever while Ngannou is one of the top KO artists in the world. A battle between them would be fantastic, but it is unlikely to happen soon.

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