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: 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.

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.

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.