Strikeforce light heavyweight Ovince St. Preux appeared to be on the cusp of top contendership in the division before running into a decision loss at the hands of Gegard Mousasi this past December. Sidelined since the defeat, St. Preux went into last night’s clash with T.J. Cook at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman hoping to make a statement and did just that with a third round knockout.

The win marked his ninth in ten fights and was the sixth strike-based stoppage of his career. However, after a big opening round, St. Preux almost saw victory slip through his fingers after apparently overexerting himself early on in hopes of finding faster success.

“I caught him with a big shot and I stunned him really bad. I went in for the finish and every time I’d get a clean shot in he’d go out back out and get back up…I think I exerted too much energy trying to finish him and he got on me a little bit,” explained OSP in an interview with Showtime after the match-up. “In the second round I felt a little tired but the third round came about I was feeling refreshed. I had a little bounce in my step.”

While he may have struggled to put Cook away in the opening round, when it came to the actual punch rendering Cook into a puddle of goo St. Preux was already confident he had the fight won before the referee even stepped in to call the bout.

“I knew he was out before he hit the ground,” stated the 29-year old St. Preux on his beautifully brutal finish of Cook.

Check out the complete interview with OSP below: