Gian Villante

USA

Facing Rothwell at heavyweight
HeavyweightUFC
January 14, 2020
Villante is expected to face Ben Rothwell in a heavyweight bout at UFC 249 in Brooklyn on April 18, Nolan King of MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
Villante (17-11 MMA, 7-8 UFC) will make the move from light heavyweight to heavyweight for the bout, and he was forced to withdraw from his last bout in July for undisclosed reasons. His last result came in Feburary when he lost to Michael Oleksiejczuk via TKO in the first round. Meanwhile, Rothwell (37-12, 7-6 UFC) is coming off a controversial victory over Stefan Struve via TKO in December that included a pair of illegal groin strikes.
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Withdraws from UFC on ESPN+ 13
HeavyweightUFC
July 4, 2019
Villante has withdrawn from UFC on ESPN+ 13 on July 13 against Mike Rodriguez, Nolan King of MMA Junkie reports. He will be replaced by John Allan.
ANALYSIS
An immediate reason has not been given for Villante's withdrawal, but more information will be posted when it becomes available. The UFC will attempt to locate a late-notice replacement for Rodriguez.
Added to Sacramento card
HeavyweightUFC
May 30, 2019
Villante will take on Mike Rodriguez in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC Sacramento on July 13, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Consistency has always been a struggle for Villante, who has only been able to string together back-to-back victories on one occasion in 15 UFC fights. He'll get a relatively raw product in Rodriguez next time out, who got his shot on Dana White's Contender Series and is 1-1 with the UFC since. Villante will be giving up six inches in reach to Rodriguez, who is also the slightly taller man. Neither man has employed much of a wrestling aspect in their arsenal of late, so look for the two light heavyweights to come out swinging. Considering neither has displayed particularly strong striking defense, it seems likely this one won't see the final bell.
Looks overmatched in loss
HeavyweightUFC
February 23, 2019
Villante lost to Michael Oleksiejczuk via TKO (punches) at 1:34 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 145 in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Villante generally likes to pressure his opponents and snipe with power but he was getting no such satisfaction from Oleksiejczuk, who was simply too quick for the veteran to handle. It was clear that Villante couldn't compete with the speed of his opponent by the time a thudding body shot sent him to the canvas for a finish. At this point, it's not clear why Villante doesn't make the move to heavyweight. He cuts enough weight where he shouldn't be grossly undersized, but more importantly he is just not quick enough to compete in a division that is flush with athletic fighters. Villante falls to 17-11 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Added to UFC Prague
HeavyweightUFC
January 21, 2019
Villante will face Michael Oleksiejczuk in a light heavyweight bout at UFC Prague on Feb. 23.
ANALYSIS
Villante will be looking to string two wins together for the first time since 2015. He beat Ed Herman by split decision in October but had gone just 3-5 over his previous eight fights. Oleksiejczuk has fought just once since joining the UFC, with his decision win over Khalil Rountree in Dec. 2017 changed to a no contest after he tested positive for a banned substance.
Edges Ed Herman via split decision at UFC Moncton
HeavyweightUFC
October 27, 2018
Villante defeated Ed Herman via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Moncton, New Brunswick.
ANALYSIS
Both of these fighters decided to stand and trade for three rounds. Neither fighter showed very much defense, and they fought at a slow pace. They both had their moments and landed hard shots. However, in the end the judges awarded the fight to Villante. However, he really needs to review his fighting style. He seems to absorb a ton of damage in all of his fights, and that will certainly prematurely end his career.