22 Facts About Gian Villante

1. Gian Villante is the only light heavyweight fighter in UFC history to absorb 100 or more significant strikes in three consecutive fights.

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2. Gian Villante has fought to a split-decision in his past three bouts.

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3. Gian Villante lost the fight via TKO in the third round.

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4. Gian Villante won the fight via TKO in the second round.

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5. Gian Villante was briefly linked to a bout with Marcos Rogerio de Lima on November 12, 2016 at UFC 205.

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6. Gian Villante was expected to face Corey Anderson on December 6, 2014 at UFC 181.

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7. Gian Villante won the fight via TKO in the second round, earning his first official UFC victory.

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8. Gian Villante took a short notice bout, replacing Robert Drysdale against Cody Donovan on November 16, 2014 at UFC 167.

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9. Gian Villante was scheduled to fight undefeated Guto Inocente on the Strikeforce: Melendez vs Healy main card.

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10. Gian Villante was credited by announcer Frank Shamrock for his improved standup and his endurance during the fight.

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11. Gian Villante held onto the leg and began landing numerous unanswered right hands, prompting referee Kim Winslow to stop the fight at 1:05 of the first round.

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12. Gian Villante quickly attacked Smith catching a leg strike four seconds in.

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13. Gian Villante was criticized for not sticking to a wrestling game plan.

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14. Gian Villante made the decision to drop back down to light heavyweight.

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15. Gian Villante was quickly thrown into a Heavyweight Grand Prix Reserve bout on short notice.

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16. Gian Villante made his Light Heavyweight debut at Ring of Combat XXIX with aspirations on becoming a champion in two weight classes.

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17. Gian Villante made his MMA debut quickly after making the decision to begin MMA training.

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18. Gian Villante kept his starting role the rest of his freshman year.

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19. Gian Villante started his first game against Marshall University, as a true freshman, at middle linebacker.

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20. Gian Villante chose to stay home and committed to Hofstra University.

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21. Gian Villante was equally accomplished in football, in which he received the 2002 Thorpe Award winner as the top football player in Nassau County, the Bill Piner Award as the top linebacker in Nassau County and was named to the High School Heisman All-Star team.

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22. Gian Villante attended MacArthur High School and was part of the Class of 2003.

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