Promotion officials recently confirmed the pairing after an initial
report from Newsday. UFC 159 takes place at the Prudential Center
in Newark, N.J., and is headlined by a light heavyweight title
confrontation pitting reigning king Jon Jones
against former two-time middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen.
The evening’s main draw airs live on pay-per-view, while the
undercard is broadcast immediately prior on FX and Facebook.
St. Preux, 29, has won nine of his last 10 fights, with his only
loss in that span coming to former Strikeforce and Dream champion
Mousasi in December 2011. “OSP” returned to the cage this past
August, earning a third-round knockout over T.J. Cook at
“Rousey vs. Kaufman.”
Villante, meanwhile, has won three straight fights after going 0-2
to begin his Strikeforce career. The former Ring of Combat champion
closed out 2011 with a unanimous decision victory over Keith Berry
before posting back-to-back wins last year over Trevor Smith