Knockout Power: Where it comes from and how to develop it with Coach Eric Turner

ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) is asking coaches, “Where does knockout power come from and how can a fighter develop it?”  Coach Eric Turner of Knoxville Martial Arts Academy and head coach of top-10 ranked UFC light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux (who has some real power himself) weighs in with his thoughts on the subject. Open up the scientific calculator … Read more

MMA Coach’s Corner: An inside look at Ovince Saint Preux’s win over Ryan Jimmo and upcoming main event with Ryan Bader

Well, I know that these blog posts are sporadic at best, but as the world is finding out I’ve been kinda busy in Knoxville. After this weekend’s fights in Vancouver for UFC 174, my student Ovince Saint Preux is now 4-0 in the UFC. All four of those fights have ended due to stoppage, with … Read more

MMA Coach’s Corner: Our UFC 159 fight experience

Ovince St. Preux UFC 159

This last weekend, it was my pleasure to coach my student Ovince Saint Preux in his first UFC fight. I have been the chief second three times before with Rafaello Oliveira, but this was the first time I had taken a guy from zero martial arts knowledge all the way to the UFC.

Ovince Saint Preux: The anatomy of a UFC debut

Ovince Saint Preux

ProMMAnow.com talks with Ovince Saint Preux following his win at UFC 159 to get his take on how the fight played out, his nerves going in, those first time “UFC jitters” and generally just how it felt to finally step inside that special cage that every MMA fighter dreams about, the UFC Octagon.

Ovince Saint Preux expecting toughest fight of career against Gian Villante at UFC 159

Former University of Tennessee linebacker and Strikeforce veteran Ovince Saint Preux (12-5) makes his long-awaited UFC debut this Saturday at UFC 159 in New Jersey when he takes on fellow Strikeforce vet Gian Villante (10-3).

An interview with one of the country’s best Strength & Conditioning Coaches: Nate ‘The Great’ Hoffmeister

Strength and Conditioning Coach Nate Hoffmeister

Nate Hoffmeister lives in Knoxville, Tenn. but the effects of his work are seen all over the country. He is the head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the powerhouse school Christian Academy of Knoxville – which seem to be piling state and national titles on top of each other so quick it would make your head spin.

He is also the Strength & Conditioning Coach for UFC fighters Ovince Saint Preux and Rafaello Oliveira. He is a mastermind when it comes to Strength & Conditioning and he is a behind-the-scenes staple for many, many athletes at the highest level (UFC, NFL, NBA, etc.).

Exclusive: Interview with new UFC light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux

A recent report came out listing Strikeforce fighters that were headed to the UFC. One name glaringly missing from that list was former University of Tennessee linebacker Ovince Saint Preux who came up through the Strikeforce Challengers ranks and left of trail of knocked out, submitted and beaten veterans in his wake.

Interview: Knoxville MMA’s Evgeny Zotov on fighting in Road to Glory tournament

Professional kickboxing’s biggest promotion GLORY is looking for the best kickboxing talent in the US and they’ve created a tournament series format to find that talent – the Road to Glory. The series includes six big tournaments in six different weight classes all happening within the first five months of 2013 in cities throughout the United States.

MMA Coach’s Corner: How to get better at a skill… Do worse

Eric Turner with Ovince Saint Preux

Most of us hate making mistakes. We spend the better part of our waking hours trying to avoid them. When we do make them we try to get out of the mistake as quickly as possible.