UFC Vegas 69: Philipe Lins Overwhelms, KO’s Ovince Saint Preux

Ovince Saint Preux and Philipe Lins, UFC Vegas 69
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 18: (R-L) Philipe Lins of Brazil punches Ovince Saint Preux in a light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 18, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

A light heavyweight who had occasionally fought at heavyweight faced off with a heavyweight who had moved to light heavyweight when Ovince Saint Preux faced off with Philipe Lins at UFC Vegas 69.

Lins had dropped to 205lbs last time out, making his return to the division with a win over Marcin Prachnio last April. The Brazilian was best known for winning the 2018 PFL heavyweight tournament, however.

Saint Preux entered the fight off a win over Shogun Rua, after coming up short against Tanner Boser in a heavyweight scrap. Speaking of Shogun, OSP also tied the Brazilian legend for UFC appearances on Saturday, after a decade in the promotion.

Saint Preux opened with a probing kick, which was followed by Lins landing a straight left hand. OSP was almost immediately backpedalling, clearly hurt and covering up. Philipe Lins, meanwhile, began unloading, throwing everything but the kitchen sink. Lefts, rights, straights, hooks, the kitchen sink might actually have been thrown in there. Somehow, Saint Preux managed to survive, covering up and circling out of harm’s way.

That didn’t last long, however. Lins went right after him, and soon enough, Ovince Saint Preux went crashing down to the canvas. Lins simply overwhelmed him.

Official Result: Philipe Lins def. Ovince Saint Preux by KO (strikes), Round 1, 0:49