A recent report came out listing Strikeforce fighters that were headed to the UFC. One name glaringly missing from that list was former University of Tennessee linebacker Ovince Saint Preux who came up through the Strikeforce Challengers ranks and left of trail of knocked out, submitted and beaten veterans in his wake.
ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) can now confirm Ovince Saint Preux is a member of the UFC 205-pound roster. We talked with Saint Preux about the closing of the Strikeforce door and the opening of his UFC future, and why he thinks his name wasn’t on the recent list of fighters making the transition.
With the demise of Strikeforce, can you tell us what your plans are now?
My plans are to fight in the UFC and eventually become the light heavy weight champion there.
There has been a steady stream of Strikeforce fighters getting picked up by the UFC, however your name hasn’t been any of those reports – are you sure you’re contract option is being picked up by them?
Yeah, I’m sure. I’ve talked with Sean Shelby who is a UFC matchmaker and was the Strikeforce matchmaker – he told me personally that I’ll be in the UFC. I’ve also texted with Joe Silva and he said he was looking for a fight for me.
OSP gave Mousasi a run for his money even though he was still pretty green as a fighter....how do you think he does in the UFC?