22 Facts About Gian Villante

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

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2. 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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3. Gian Villante drew interest from major Division I schools, such as Penn State and Michigan State.

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

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

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6. Gian Villante kept his starting role the rest of his first year.

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7. Gian Villante wrestled for Hofstra where he became close with NCAA All-American wrestler and future UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman.

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

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

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

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

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

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14. The article featured Gian Villante explaining how he was extremely upset about the cancellation, but focused more on how Gian Villante was finally able to eat, after his grueling ordeal to make weight.

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

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

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17. Gian Villante was expected to face Anthony Perosh on June 28, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 43.

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18. Gian Villante faced Tom Lawlor on July 25, 2015, at UFC on Fox 16.

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

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

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21. Gian Villante fought Sam Alvey on June 1, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 131.

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22. Gian Villante announced his retirement after the fight, and planned to return to football as a coach.

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