light heavyweight prospect Ovince St-Preux
(10-4) will meet newcomer Joe Cason (9-1) at Strikeforce Challengers 17 on July 22, MMA Fighting
has learned from sources close to the event.
OSP, who went 6-0 in 2010, was discussed as a potential opponent for Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante prior to Zuffa acquiring Strikeforce, but that fight was scrapped after the purchase.
The Haitian-American St-Preux, a former linebacker for the University of Tennessee, holds wins over Abongo Humphrey
, Benji Radach
and Antwain Britt
Cason most recently defeated former UFC
fighter Sean Salmon
via first-round TKO. He won his last eight fights in a row, primarily on the local Iowa scene.
Strikeforce Challengers 17 will mark the organization's first event in Las Vegas. It will be held at the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort and will air on Showtime. The main event will feature Roger Bowling
vs. Bobby Voelker