Strikeforce Signs Antwain Britt vs. Ovince St. Preux

Strikeforce MMA LogoStrikeforce on Friday announced that Antwain Britt (11-4) will return to action to face former University of Tennessee football linebacker Ovince St. Preux (7-4) at Strikeforce Challengers 12 on Nov. 19 in Jackson, Miss.

In the night’s featured fight, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro (20-4) will take on Justin Wilcox (9-3) in a lightweight showdown.

Ryan Couture (1-0) will face an opponent to be determined on the televised undercard. The son of legend Randy Couture won his Strikeforce and MMA debut with a 1:15, first-round submission (triangle choke) over Lucas Stark last Aug. 13 at Strikeforce Challengers 10.

The main fight card airs live on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET. It is delayed on the West Coast until 11 p.m. PT.

Britt lost his last fight, in May, to reigning Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante. This is his third consecutive start for Strikeforce and he is looking at it as a must-win situation.

“This is a must-win fight for both of us,’’ said Britt, who has gone more than one full round only three times in a career that began in March 2007. “But I really want this bad. I thought I had Feijao, and would love a rematch with him especially since he now is the Strikeforce champion.’’

St. Preux has won all four of his fights this year in the first round in total elapsed time of 7:10.  He demolished tough UFC veteran Jason Day with a single punch in just eight seconds in his most recent outing last July 24. He has won his last fight consecutive fights.

“Everything is going good now, but the more I win, the harder I know I have to work,’’ St. Preux said. “I fought some tough guys early in my career because it didn’t matter to me who I fought. Looking back, I probably should have won all those fights. But I’m not mad because I learned so much from each of them.’’

Doors at Jackson Convention Complex will open at 6:45 p.m. CT for Strikeforce Challengers 12.  The first non-televised preliminary bout will begin at 7:30 p.m. The first televised main card fight will begin at 10 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.