News of the bout was identified by Mark La Monica of Newsday.com late Thursday night, confirming the bout with sources in Villante’s camp.
UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen is expected to take place on April 27, 2013 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
St. Preux hasn’t fought since last August when he picked up a third round knockout victory over opponent TJ Cook at the Rousey vs. Kaufman event. The victory put him back on the winning track after an eight fight win streak ended following a decision loss to Gegard Mousasi in December 2011.
Villante is riding a three fight win streak into this match. His most recent bout took place in May of last year, a decision win over opponent Derrick Mehmen at the Barnett vs. Cormier event. The other two wins in his current run came against Trevor Smith and Keith Berry.