KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Ovince St. Preux (6-4), the former Tenneessee Vol linebacker who has been touted as one of the hot up-and-coming light heavyweight fighters to watch, has signed a multi-fight contract with Strikeforce. ProMMAnow.com was notified of the news Thursday by St. Preux’s manager, Joey Zonar.
The news does not come as a surprise considering St. Preux’s knockout performance over Chris Hawk at “Strikeforce: Nashville” back in April and considering Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker’s comments regarding St. Preux after the fight.
When Coker was asked if there was any fighter on the preliminary card that impressed him and he may want to ask back to fight again in the organization, the only person he mentioned was St. Preux.
St. Preux has fought three times so far in 2010 and each fight he has finished with a first round knockout. He is an impressive striker but also a real threat on the ground. In fact, last year he was nominated for Inside MMA’s “2009 Submission of the Year” for defeating Ombey Mobley at XFC 8 with a calf slicer.
Speaking exclusively to ProMMAnow.com, Zonar commented on how he feels about Strikeforce signing his client and friend,
“We’re blessed. Vince is such a hard worker. He’s at the gym four or five days a week, going to practice twice a day. And it’s well deserved. He’s 3-0 this year against really tough competition and finished everyone in the first round, and we’re just extremely excited to see who’s next and work our way up through the rankings.”
Expect to see St. Preux fighting on the Strikeforce Challengers Series sometime around August, or even possibly before. His first fight is expected to be televised on Showtime.