A pair of Strikeforce fighters have been paired off for their UFC debuts as Gian Villante is now slated to meet Ovince St. Preux in a light heavyweight bout at UFC 159. The event takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on April 27.
“OSP” (12-5) is coming off of a knockout win over T.J. Cook in August. St. Preux’s Strikeforce run saw him pull a 6-1 record in the promotion’s cage. The University of Tennessee alum took victories over the likes of Antwain Britt, Benji Radach, and “Abongo” Humphrey.
Villante (10-3) is riding a three-fight win-streak. Since dropping a unanimous decision to Lorenz Larkin in 2011, Bellmore Kickboxing Academy product has looked better than ever, taking victories over Keith Berry, Trevor Smith, and Derrick Mehmen.