Ovince St. Preux is a former linebacker for the University of Tennessee who now fights professionally in MMA for Strikeforce. His professional debut came against a man who would go on to fight in the UFC in Rodney Wallace. St. Preux started his career out 3-4 before having everything click and rattling off 5 straight wins, including victories over former UFC fighter Jason Day (in 8 seconds) and a great victory over highly regarded Antwain Britt.
Background (For more info on the fighter check out his wiki page)
Saint Preux was born in Naples, Florida, to Haitian immigrant parents. He attended Immokalee High School in Immokalee, Florida, where he wrestled, played defensive end for the football team, and ran track. As a wrestler, he compiled a record of 26-1, and was the state’s 1A runner-up in his weight class. During his senior year in football, he registered 75 tackles, including a school-record 18 sacks, and was named All-State. In track, he competed in the 110-meter hurdles, the 300-meter hurdles, the discus throw, and the 4×400 relay.
Saint Preux played college football for the Tennessee Volunteers from 2001 to 2004. After redshirting in 2001, he played primarily as a reserve at both defensive end and linebacker. He earned varsity letters in 2002 and 2004, appearing in seventeen games during his college career. He graduated in 2004 with a degree in sociology, and began to train in kickboxing and grappling.
After two unsuccessful attempts at professional football, Saint Preux gave up the sport and began to take an interest in martial arts as a form of training. Saint Preux, who currently trains at Knoxville Martial Arts Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee, began to fight professionally at the suggestion of his coach.