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Gian Villante

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  • Given Name: Gianpiero Villante
  • MMA Record: 15-7-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
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  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 31 | Date of Birth: 1985.08.18
  • Last Fight: December 09, 2016 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 205.8 lbs
  • Affiliation: Bellmore Kickboxing MMA
  • Height: 6'2" (188cm) | Reach: 76.0" (193cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $295,000 USD
  • Born: Wantagh, New York, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Bellmore, New York
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook
  • College: Hofstra University
  • Foundation Style: N/A

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Gian Villante MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout

Br Maurício Rua
15-7-0 24-10-0

Br UFC Fight Night 106: Belfort vs. Gastelum
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2017.03.11
Cancelled Bout Patrick Cummins UFC UFN 102 2016.12.09
Reason: Cummins Staph Infection
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
2:54 Round 2 of 3, 7:54 Total

Ru Saparbek Safarov
14-7-0 8-0-0

Us UFC Fight Night 102: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2016.12.09
Odds: -190 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 205.8 lbs (93.3 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
UFC Fight Night 102 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Se Ilir Latifi
14-6-0 11-4-0

Us UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2016.03.05
Odds: +160 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $36,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
2:56 Round 1 of 3

Au Anthony Perosh
13-6-0 15-9-0

Au UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2015.11.14
Odds: -440 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Greg Kleynjans
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:27 Round 2 of 3, 5:27 Total

Us Tom Lawlor
13-5-0 9-5-0

Us UFC on FOX 16: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2015.07.25
Odds: -210 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Rob Madrigal
#48 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2015
UFC on FOX 16 Performance of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:18 Round 3 of 3, 14:18 Total

Us Corey Anderson
12-5-0 5-0-0

Us UFC on FOX 15: Machida vs. Rockhold
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2015.04.18
Odds: +340 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs (93.4 kgs) | Referee: Liam Kerrigan
#36 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2015
UFC on FOX 15 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Corey Anderson UFC 181 2014.12.06
Reason: Villante Injury
Cancelled Bout Anthony Perosh UFC UFN 43 2014.06.28
Reason: Perosh Knee Injury
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Sean O'Connell
11-5-0 15-5-0

Nz UFC Fight Night 43: Te Huna vs. Marquardt
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2014.06.28
Odds: -300 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 205.5 lbs (93.2 kgs) | Referee: Peter Hickmont
UFC Fight Night 43 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Fábio Maldonado
11-4-0 20-6-0

Br UFC Fight Night 38: Shogun vs. Henderson 2
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2014.03.23
Odds: -250 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs (92.5 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:22 Round 2 of 3, 6:22 Total

Us Cody Donovan
10-4-0 8-3-0

Us UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2013.11.16
Odds: -350 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $38,000 ($19K Base, $19K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Kim Winslow
Loss | Decision
3 Rounds, 10:33 Total

Ht Ovince St. Preux
10-3-0 12-5-0

Us UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2013.04.27
Odds: +135 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $12,000 Base | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs (93.4 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
Cancelled Bout Guto Inocente Strikeforce 2012.09.29
Reason: Event Cancelled
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Derrick Mehmen
9-3-0 12-4-0

Us Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2012.05.19
Disclosed Pay: $24,000 ($12K Base, $12K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Win | KO/TKO
1:05 Round 1 of 3

Us Trevor Smith
8-3-0 9-1-0

Us Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2012.01.07
Odds: -140 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 ($10K Base, $10K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs (93.4 kgs) | Referee: Kim Winslow
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Keith Berry
7-3-0 10-7-0

Us Strikeforce Challengers 18: Gurgel vs. Duarte
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2011.08.12
Odds: -500 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 ($5K Base, $5K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Chris Tognoni
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Lorenz Larkin
7-2-0 10-0-0

Us Strikeforce Challengers 16: Fodor vs. Terry
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2011.06.24
Odds: -125 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $5,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.5 lbs (93.2 kgs) | Referee: Steve Newport
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:49 Round 1 of 3

Us Chad Griggs
7-1-0 9-1-0

Us Strikeforce: Fedor vs Silva
Main Card | Tournament Alternate | 265 lbs

2011.02.12
Odds: -280 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 227.0 lbs (103.0 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:03 Round 1 of 3

Pr Joseph Keneth Reyes
6-1-0 2-1-0

Us Ring of Combat 33
Main Event | Vacant Title | Light Heavyweight | 205

2010.12.03
Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury

Us Demetrius Richards

Us Ring of Combat 29
Main Event | Title Defense | Light HW | 205 lbs

2010.04.16
Win | Submission | Choke
0:40 Round 1 of 3

Us Mike Cook
5-0-0 10-6-0

Us Ring of Combat 28
Main Card | Vacant Title | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2010.02.19
Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
3:59 Round 1 of 3

Br Marcelo Donald Pereira
4-0-0 6-1-0

Us Ring of Combat 27
Main Card | Catchweight | 215 lbs

2009.11.20
Weigh-In: 215.0 lbs (97.5 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
1:25 Round 2 of 3, 5:25 Total

Us Rob Wince
3-0-0 18-10-0

Us Ring of Combat 26
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.09.11
Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:48 Round 1 of 3

Us Joe Abouata
2-0-0 4-2-0

Us Ring of Combat 25
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.06.12
Weigh-In: 232.0 lbs (105.2 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
Win | Submission | Choke
1:46 Round 1 of 3

Us Paul White
1-0-0 0-2-0

Us Ring of Combat 24
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.04.17
Weigh-In: 219.0 lbs (99.3 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
0:35 Round 1 of 2

Us Randy Durant
0-0-0 2-4-0

Us Ring of Combat 23
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.02.20
Weigh-In: 225.0 lbs (102.1 kgs) | Referee: Mark Matheny

Gian Villante Wiki Update Wiki

Gian Villante grew up in Levittown, New York. During his Junior Year of High School, he placed 3rd in the New York State Wrestling Championships. He followed this up his Senior Year by winning the New York State Championship at the 215 pound weight class. Villante drew interest from major Division I schools, such as Penn State and Michigan State, but chose to stay close to home and attended Hofstra University from 2003-2007, where he continued his successful wrestling and football careers.

In the 2004 football season Villante was named a 2004 1st Team Defensive I-AA All-American by The Sports Network. He was regarded as a potential NFL linebacker prospect. The Giants, Jets, Colts, and Eagles all expressed interest in Villante.

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


On January 11, 2011, it was announced that Villante had signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce. Villante was quickly thrown into a Heavyweight Grand Prix Reserve bout on short notice. His opponent would be Chad Griggs in one of three heavyweight grand prix reserve bouts at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva. In which many people called the fight, the "Fight of the Night." He lost the fight via TKO in the first round on a referee stoppage.


Villante made the decision to drop back down to light heavyweight. In his next bout, Villante would take on undefeated prospect Lorenz Larkin on June 24, 2011 at Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs. Terry. After repeatedly taking down Larkin and easily taking the first round, Villante appeared to be suffering from his dramatic weight cutting. Villante began to tire and eventually Larkin went on to win a unanimous decision. Questions began to swirl as to whether or not Villante could effectively complete a Three Round Fight. He was also criticized for not sticking to a wrestling game plan.

In his next fight, Villante took on Kieth Berry in the Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Duarte preliminary card. Berry and went on to win the fight unanimously on the judges scorecards.


Villante's next fight was against Trevor Smith on the preliminary card of Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine on January 7, 2012. Gian quickly attacked Smith catching a leg strike four seconds in. After landing several clean punches and knees on the ground, both stood up. The two trade strikes for about thirty seconds, when Villante once again caught a Smith kick and took him down. 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.


Gian continued his win streak with a unanimous decision victory over Derrick Mehmen. This was part of the Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier undercard seen on Showtime Extreme. Gian was credited by announcer Frank Shamrock for his improved standup and his endurance during the fight. Mehmen had visible bruising on his thighs from the multiple leg kicks landed by Villante.


In January 2013, the Strikeforce organization was closed by its parent company Zuffa. A list of fighters scheduled to be brought over to the UFC was released in mid-January and Villante was one of the fighters listed.


For his UFC debut, Villante faced fellow promotional newcomer Ovince St. Preux on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159. The fight ended in unusual fashion as St. Preux accidentally poked Villante in the right eye with his thumb and referee Kevin Mulhall immediately called an end to the fight after asking Villante if he could see. As a result of the injury, the fight went to the judges' scorecards and St. Preux won a majority technical decision.


Villante took a short notice bout, replacing Robert Drysdale against Cody Donovan on November 16, 2014 at UFC 167. He won the fight via TKO in the second round, earning his first official UFC victory.


For his third fight with the promotion, Villante faced Fabio Maldonado on March 23, 2014 at UFC FN 38. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.


His next fight under the UFC banner was on June 28th in Auckland, New Zealand at UFC Fight Night 43: Te Huna vs. Marquardt against another UFC LHW also coming off of a loss in Sean "The Real OC" O'Connell. He went on to defeat O'Connell by split.


 Villante is expected to take on TUF 19 winner Corey "Beastin 25/8" Anderson at UFC 181.

Last updated 10.28.2014, 7:17 PM ET
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