Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
The UFC light heavyweight division just got a little beefier with the addition of two ex-Strikeforce prospects looking to make their mark in "The Garden State."
It's just like Strikeforce, only dirtier.
Gian Villante will cross the Hudson River to hook 'em up against fellow ex-Strikeforce prospect Ovince St. Preux as part of the UFC 159: "Jones vs. Sonnen" pay-per-view (PPV) event scheduled for April 27, 2013 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Newsday brought word of the pending match-up earlier today.
After stumbling out of the gate in his Strikeforce debut, posting consecutive losses to Chad Griggs and Lorenz Larkin, Villante (10-3) rebounded with three straight wins to close out his career in the Hexagon. St. Preux (12-5) is also coming off a "W," a knockout victory over T.J. Cook to get him back into the win column after faltering against Gegard Mousasi.
Who wants it more in "The Garden State?"
UFC 159 will feature a light heavyweight title fight pitting champion Jon Jones against challenger and fellow TUF coach Chael Sonnen. Bitter 205-pound rivals Phil Davis and Vinny Magalhaes have also been scheduled to hook 'em up in "Dirty Jersey."
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