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: Healthy Saint Preux sidelined by injuries that are not his own

Ovince Saint Preux

Ovince Saint Preux has had 3 fights in 24 months and he’s been healthy the entire time. In 2012 he was the victim of the collapse of Strikeforce, fighting only 1 time that year. This year, he has fought twice for the UFC – defeating both of his opponents, but a third fight has yet to materialize due to injuries within his division.

MMA Coach’s Corner: An inside look at Ovince Saint Preux’s UFC Fight Night 26 victory

After Vince’s last fight with Gian Villante, we as a camp had a deep certainty that the fight Vince had wasn’t anywhere close to the best fight Vince had inside of him, and so we set about radically reshaping the training going into his next camp.

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.

MMA Coach’s Corner: An ‘insider’s’ perspective on the fall of Strikeforce

Eric Turner with Ovince Saint Preux

Eric Turner, head trainer for Strikeforce light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux, shares his perspective on the promotion’s demise and what it could mean for his fighter and others.

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.

MMA Coach’s Corner: It’s Just a Job

Over the many years, I’ve been blessed enough to travel all over the world to fights in shows from low-level amateur to the highest the sport has to offer (UFC). I’d like to think I’ve seen a lot that this game has to offer

MMA Coach’s Corner: The Mental Game

Eric Turner, Knoxville Martial Arts Academy’s Head Instructor, takes readers inside the mental game of MMA and gives practical techniques to correct negative thinking and performance.