Tanner Boser “Confident” no Fence Grab Occurred, Before Finishing Ovince Saint Preux
By FCF Staff
The corner for Ovince Saint Preux may still think otherwise, but Tanner Boser believes a fence grab did not play a factor in his stoppage win at UFC Vegas 30.
Boser faced the longtime, light heavyweight contender in Saturday’s headliner. The heavyweight finished Saint Preux with a flurry of strikes in round two, which followed, what appeared to be a possible fence grab from Boser.
After the win, Boser had this to say about the fight’s final moments, and the protests from Saint Preux’s coaches (quotes via MMA Fighting).
“I heard his corner yelling but I don’t remember doing it,” Boser said. “I don’t think there was [a fence grab].
“Their job is to be in the best interest of their fighter. If they believe that I grabbed the fence, they have every right to be angry. I don’t believe I grabbed the fence, I didn’t see on the replay that I grabbed the fence and I’m confident that I didn’t grab the fence. But if they believe that that’s what happened then they have every right to be upset because he’s their guy. It’s up to the coaches to be on their guy’s side.”
The instant replay did not definitely show whether Boser grabbed the fence, or if the fighter’s fist was against the cage.
Saint Preux’s team has reportedly told MMA Fighting that they will be appealing the loss with the athletic commission. In addition, Saint Preux shared the following statement with the outlet.
“I felt the ref put his hand on my back, which is only done to pause the action or call a finish. I slightly paused and then the tide turned.
“We will be protesting and requesting a no contest.”
With the win, Boser moved his record to 20-8-1. Saint Preux’s fell to 25-16.