Strikeforce fighter Ovince St. Preux

Ovince St. Preux

UFC matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby are assimilating the Strikeforce roster as quickly as possible. The latest move is pitting two Strikeforce veterans against each other at UFC 159.

Ovince St. Preux and Gian Villante will make their Octagon debuts against one another when the UFC returns to Newark, N.J. on April 29. UFC officials on Friday confirmed verbal agreements are in place via a report by Long Island Newsday.

St. Preux (12-5) was Strikeforce’s 205-pound golden boy, rocketing towards title contention by winning his first five bouts for the promotion.

Former Strikeforce and Dream champion Gegard Mousasi put an end to his title run, but proving his moxie, St. Preux bounced back by knocking out T.J. Cook late last summer.

A former Ring of Combat champion, Villante had a rougher start to his Strikeforce tenure, losing his first two bouts to Chad Griggs and Lorenz Larkin.

Like St. Preux, he didn’t stay down for long. Villante returned with a vengeance, reeling off a trifecta of victories. He has been out of action since May of last year due to Strikeforce cancelling back-to-back events and then the promotion being rolled into the UFC.

Both men have knockout power and will be looking to make a splash in their promotional debuts. This bout has the potential to be one of the sleepers on the UFC 159 undercard.

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones headlines the UFC 159 fight card, putting his belt on the line against fellow Ultimate Fighter coach Chael Sonnen.

Be sure to Like MMAWeekly.com on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

New York Native Chris Weidman Wants Madison Square Garden for Next Title Defense

  • 9 days ago
  • 0 views

A couple of opponents make sense as the next challenger to Chris Weidman's UFC middleweight title. The champ isn't expressing a preference on who he fights. The "where," however, is another matter. F read news >>

UFC Fight Night 67 results recap: Next matches to make for 'Condit vs Alves' main card winners in Brazil

  • 2 days ago
  • 4 views

After an intriguing UFC Fight Night 67: "Condit vs Alves" event, MMAmania.com ponders what is next for the main card winners who picked up victories last Saturday night (May 30, 2015) on FOX Sports 1 read news >>

UFC Fight Night 65: Fights to make for the main card fighters

  • 23 days ago
  • 4 views

Tim B. takes a look at who the main card fighters from UFC Fight Night 65 could be facing off with in their next bout. UFC Fight Night 65 is in the books and while it wasn't high on the relevancy sca read news >>

Why Ronda Rousey Should Make a Habit of Appearing in the WWE

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

Ronda Rousey appeared at WrestleMania 31, and it lit the worlds of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts on fire. Since then, she has stated she has to find a way back into the WWE ring. And read news >>

UFC 187: Anthony Johnson vs. Daniel Cormier staredown

  • 12 days ago
  • 3 views

LAS VEGAS -- After UFC 187 media day, Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier square off Thursday afternoon. read news >>

Joe Rogan: 'It doesn't make sense' for Dana White to call Brendan Schaub a liar

  • 14 days ago
  • 549 views

The UFC's Reebok deal has everyone taking a side. Two weeks ago, Brendan Schaub tweeted that he made six figures per fight from sponsors after finding out that he'd only garner $10,000 through the Re read news >>

Lorenzo Fertitta defends UFC-Reebok payout structure: 'We can't make everybody happy'

  • 27 days ago
  • 3 views

He was right. Reactions to the Reebok payout structure are still trickling in, after Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) revealed just how much its athletes can expect to earn (see it here) while co read news >>

UFC 187 results: Donald Cerrone finishes John Makdessi with head kick

  • 10 days ago
  • 7 views

LAS VEGAS -- One head kick was enough to make John Makdessi realize it was time to call it a night. Makdessi absorbed a brutal kick from Donald Cerrone late in the second round of their UFC 187 light read news >>

UFC Fight Night 66: Fights to make for the main card fighters

  • 16 days ago
  • 8 views

Tim B takes a look at who the UFC Fight Night 66 main card combatants should meet in their next bouts. UFC Fight Night 66 is in the books, and the top three fights were all pretty one-sided. That did read news >>

Did UFC Manila fighter make a rape reference about Lloyd Irvin?

  • 16 days ago
  • 108 views

Social media was buzzing during UFC Manila after fans and pundits mistakenly identified the logo on a UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber fighter's shorts as a shot at Lloyd Irvin's rape accusations. Wh read news >>

Trending News

Top News

Jump to: