OSP is ready to make a big move
And he is ready.
Coming up through the ranks, first through regional promotions, then XFC, OSP really began getting a national profile through his fights in Stikeforce: Challengers, the professional “minor league” of up and coming fighters through the Strikeforce promotion on Showtime.
Athletic and unorthodox, he made the most of his time in Strikeforce, taking several fights on short notice and building a nice record in the promotion, with his only setback coming against the talented Gegard Mousasi.
Once the UFC’s parent company, Zuffa, acquired Strikeforce and absorbed many of its fighters into the UFC roster, OSP continued his acsent to prominence.
Racking up wins in the UFC, OSP saw his level of competition rise substantially. A setback against Ryan Bader in 2014 was offset by wins against ‘Shogun’ Rua, Ryan Jimmo and Pat Cummins.
Which leads us to his current fight, a main event bout at UFC Fight Night: Teixiera vs. Saint Preux.
There’s no question: Glover Teixiera will likely provide OSP his toughest test to date. If OSP can use his range and movement to keep Teixiera on the outside and avoid the clinch, he will probably win.
It’s a major, high-pressured slot in the biggest MMA organization in the world, but OSP is battle-tested and has shown he can answer the bell when called upon. He will give Teixiera a tough fight and will take a major step forward on Saturday night.