87.3
Decision (Split)
15:00
      These guys both fight like old men. Herman is 38, and Villante is 33. They both landed some big shots, and they both looked too slow to really defend against anything. Villante blasted Herman with some big shots with 90 seconds left in the round, and it looked like Herman was on his way out, but Villante wasn't able to finish him, so they reset and went back to trading big slow punches. I scored the first round for Villante, but it was a close round.
     They continued with their dad bod boxing match for the duration of the second round. This fight is slow as shit. I thought Villante won most of the exchanges in the second round, but apparently most people gave the round to Herman for some reason, so... I don't know... The fight is probably all tied up going into the final round, but I personally have the fight scored 20-18 in favor of Villante at this point. I'll be curious to see if either fighter has any gas in the third round.
     This fight has been kind of terrible. Villante's face is all fucked up, but I thought he won all 3 rounds, as far as "forward movement, and landing the better strikes" is concerned, but his face was clearly wearing more damage, so... I have no idea what to expect from the scorecards after this one. The judges were split, and gave the decision to Gian Villante.
86.0
Decision (Split)
15:00
      The first round was a close round of boxing, and then Villante kicked Alvey in the dick with a minute left in the round. He winced, and then shrugged it off, and then nothing happened in the final minute of the round, until Alvey dropped Villante with a huge left hand with 10 seconds left in the round, but he wasn't able to finish him before the horn sounded. Round one goes to Alvey.
     The second round was another lackluster round of Villante walking forward, while Alvey circled around the outside, leading to a lot of wasted minutes by both fighters. Alvey is turning into that "I'm going to throw one punch and knock this guy out, but I'm not going to throw anything until I see any opening" fighters, which results in a lot of standing around, and then whiffing with big single shots every once in a while. He's not fast enough for that style. I'm giving that second round to Villante, mostly for moving forward, and not running away.
     The final round was the same as the second, with Villante moving forward, while Alvey walked in circles and ran away. This fight wasn't a very fun fight to watch, and it should be an easy 29-28 decision for Villante, even though the most significant moment of the fight was the final 10 seconds in the first round, where Alvey dropped him. Two judges disagreed with me, giving the split-decision victory to Sam Alvey.
86.8
Decision (Split)
15:00
      Barroso spent the first round circling around the outside, throwing single shots, while Villante clearly controlled the center of the cage, as he was sort of following Barroso around in circles. I scored the first round for Villante, based mostly on forward movement, and probably landing more strikes, but neither fighter did much damage at all.
     The second round looked like it was going to be a repeat of the first round, but Villante stepped it up a notch, blasted Barroso with some big punch combinations, and then kicked him in the dick, which paused the fight. Once they started back up, Villante continued to follow Barroso around, as Barroso circled around the outside. I have Villante ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round looked like more of the same to me, with Barroso walking around in circles, while Villante was stalking him, Villante was picking him apart with strikes, and in the end, I felt like this should be a clear 30-27 decision for Villante. Two judges agreed with me, giving Villante all 3 rounds, and one judge gave two rounds to Barroso for some reason, which results in Villante getting the split-decision victory.
87.4
Decision (Split)
15:00
      These guys traded some sloppy looking strikes, Cummins shot in for a terrible takedown attempt, Villante punched him in the back of the head repeatedly, so Cummins finally gave up and reset. Villante then rocked Cummins with some big punches. Villante threw an accidental headbutt that cut the top of the head of Cummins, so the fight was paused for a few seconds to give Cummins a chance to recover. They continued to trade some sloppy looking punches, and Cummins kind of wobbled Villante with a clean right hand. Cummins clinched with 2 minutes left in the round, and pressed Villante against the fence. That was a close sloppy round of fighting, and I'm giving the round slightly to Cummins, based on controlling the grappling exchanges, since I thought their sloppy striking looked comparible. All of that blood pouring down the face of Cummins looks bad, but knowing it came from a headbutt cancels it out.
     They continued to trade sloppy punches in the second round, and Cummins clinched a few times, pressing Villante against the fence, but nothing was happening there either. I have Cummins ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but the fight is so sloppy, I have no idea where the scores are at, especially considering Villante is one of the New York fighters on this card.
     The final round had both guys still trading sloppy strikes, and Cummins was still failing with his sloppy takedowns. The exchanges on the feet though were pretty close, so this fight really could go either way. I think Cummins is showing a lot more heart, but I don't know if that necessarily means he'll win a fight against Villante in New York though. With 2 minutes left in the fight, the face & head of Cummins looked like dog food, but that didn't stop him from rocking Villante with bombs, before pressing him against the fence for some more clinching. In the end, I think Cummins definitely deserves to win this fight, 29-28, it not 30-27. The judges were split, and gave the split-decision victory to Patrick Cummins.
90.4
TKO (Punches)
10:59
      Shogun was beating up Villante with some clean strikes for the first 90 seconds or so of the opening round, and then Villante rocked the shit out of him with a heavy punch, but he wasn't able to finish him off. Shogun recovered, and fired back with some heavy punches that rocked Villante. Shogun continued to clip Villante with some clean boxing, and he dropped him with around 2 minutes left in the round, but Villante was able to stand back up, but he looked super groggy, and the crowd went insane. Round one most definitely goes to Shogun Rua.
     The second round was another round with both guys throwing bombs at each other, with Rua beating up Villante for the first half of the round. Villante still fired back hard though, and when he connected, he was able to hurt Rua, but Rua continued to plow forward, dropping Villante at one point. Villante scored one takedown in the round, but Rua immediately stood back up. This fight has been fairly close so far, but I have Shogun ahead 2-0 going into the final round, which shouldn't be an issue for the Brazilian Legend, fighting in Brazil.
     The second round looked like it was going to be more of the same, until Shogun rocked Villante, and it was REALLY obvious this time, so Shogun rushed forward, unloaded on Villante, he still couldn't quite finish him, but Villante was barely able to stand, so Shogun emptied his gas tank while setting Villante on fire, causing him to crumble to the ground against the fence due to Shogun's old school violent barrage of punches. That was a FANTASTIC finish by Shogun Rua in front of his hometown crowd.
91.7
TKO (Punches & Elbows)
7:54
      These guys started by trading some heavy strikes, Villante rocked Safarov early with a big left hand, but Safarov recovered and fired back with some big shots. Villante dropped Safarov, jumped on him, and unloaded with some big punches from the sky, before telling him to stand back up. They continued to trade wild strikes, but Villante looked like a giant compared to the slightly flabby looking Safarov. Safarov's left cheek was busted up pretty badly halfway through the round, and it was clearly bothering him. They continued to trade wild strikes, and Safarov kicked Villante in the dick. When the fight started back up, Safarov threw a left kick, and he tweaked his knee in the process, Villante rocked him with some punches, Safarov fired back, knocked down Villante, and shit continued to get wild all the way up until the end of the round. Both guys look exhausted, but that round was fantastic. I'm calling that round a draw, with maybe a slight advantage going to Villante, based on the huge gash on Safarov's cheek, and the fact that Safarov can barely walk on his left leg, but Villante took some serious damage too.
     Villante came out in the second round, clearly targeting that left leg with heavy kicks. Their boxing exchanges were fairly even, but Villante has the clear advantage with kicks at this point. Villante clipped Safarov with some clean punches, he had him rocked, he knocked him down with another leg kick, and at this point, I'm starting to feel bad for Safarov. He scrambled for a takedown, but Villante was able to easily walk out of it, while Safarov was being pulled across the canvas. Villante opened up with some big punches, Safarov absorbed some more damage against the fence, Villante unloaded with some elbows, and the fight was stopped. That was a fantastic win for Villante in his home state of New York.
89.2
Decision
15:00
      Villante spent most of the first round trying to smack Latifi with kicks to keep him at range, and that forced Latifi to rush in like a bull, throwing wild bombs. Latifi clipped Villante at one point, and therefore, I gave the round to Latifi, but it could have maybe gone either way. The second round started with about 90 seconds worth of slow striking, before Latifi rushed in, grabbed Villante from behind, and suplexed the shit out of him. The rest of the round had both guys trading slow strikes, and both guys looking tired, with Latifi shooting in for one last takedown in the final 30 seconds. He slammed Villante with 20 seconds left in the round, but Villante popped right back up before the buzzer sounded. The final round had both guys looking tired and bored, without much happening, until Latifi took down Villante in the final 30 seconds or so. Boring fight overall, but I hope Latifi wins the decision, AT LEAST 29-28. All 3 judges gave the fight to Latifi, 30-27.
88.5
KO (Punch)
2:56
      Well, that fight kind of sucked... Villante was picking apart Perosh, landing some solid leg kicks, landed a head kick, rocked him with a few punches here & there. After several minutes of beating up Perosh with some pretty standard striking, Perosh got blasted with a right hand, which caused Perosh to land face first on the canvas. Solid first round KO victory for Gian Villante, but yeah, that was kind of awkward watching the 43 year old Perosh hobble around in there, without much in the way of offense at all.
90.9
TKO (Punch)
5:27
      YES! Villante beat the shit out of Lawlor in the first round, blasting his lead leg with brutal inside kicks, and beating him up all over the place. It looked like Lawlor was outmatched by the much larger Villante, in Lawlor's 205 debut. The second round started, and Lawlor BLASTED Villante with an ultra clean right hand, knocking Villante to the ground, where Lawlor hammerfisted his way to an awesome stoppage. That was a pretty great way for Lawlor to return after being away for 28 months due to injuries. AWESOME win, over a guy that I actually had ranked #6 at 205 going into this fight. CRAZY one punch knockout.
89.7
TKO (Punches)
14:18
      Oh wow... That was pretty impressive. Corey Anderson seems to be sort of spiraling out of control. His UFC debut, he DESTROYED Matt Van Buren in a little over one minute. His second fight, he went to a long winded decision against a guy that showed up on short notice. And now, here he is, getting the shit kicked out of him for two rounds, before Anderson finally started to score back some points in the third round, but those points were erased, when Villante blasted him in the face with a hard punch, and finished him off against the fence. Gian Villante looked pretty awesome in this fight, and I'm not sure what's going on with Anderson, but it didn't seem like his head was in this fight.
89.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
     This fight was a fucking BRAWL! From start to finish, both guys were throwing bombs, both guys tried to take the fight to the ground a few times, but seemed to have comparable grappling skills, which kept the fight standing for the most part. In the end, it was a VERY close fight, I thought the first round was a draw, and the next two rounds went to O'Connell, but two of the judges disagreed and gave the fight to Gian Villante via split-decision. I'm not really sure how they scored it as a victory for him, but whatever, close fight, and great brawl by both fighters.
89.6
Decision
15:00
      Wow, that was rough! Villante controlled the first round by taking Maldonado to the ground, and controlling the entire round with his wrestling. The second round looked like it'd be more of the same, and Villante landed some brutal knees against the cage, cutting Maldonado pretty badly, leaving a mask of blood on his face. From that point forward though, Maldonado destroyed Villante for the next round & a half, by outboxing Villante, which secured him the unanimous decision victory. Great comeback for Maldonado.
87.0
TKO (Punches)
6:22
     This fight was ok. Cody Donovan showed some decent striking in the first round, so I gave him that round. The second round basically consisted of Donovan throwing a head kick, and RIGHT BEFORE it connected, Villante connected with a big right hook, knocking Donovan on his ass, and then he followed up with some ground & pound, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Good win for Villante, but it's hard to get stoked up Facebook prelims.
82.8
Technical Decision (Majority)
10:33
      What the fuck was this? The first two rounds were boring, but I had St. Preux ahead on the scorecards a LITTLE BIT, but technically, had it down as a draw so far (Preux 1st round, Villante 2nd round). Anyway, the third round started with a gigantic thumb to the eye of Villante, so Villante backed up for his time out to recover, no big deal, right? The referee then stopped the fight. SAY WHAT!?! This motherfucker needs fired. Either way, this was one of the most ridiculous referee issues I've ever seen, and since neither fighter looked all that impressive, fuck it, I'm going to mark them both down for a loss, you can thank the ref for that. (But technically, the judges gave the fight to St. Preux via majority technical decision, whatever the fuck that is...) I refuse to give "victory" points to a guy that wins via accidental eye poke though. That was retarded. Next fight! Let's move on... COME ON RUSTAM KHABILOV!!!
88.0
Decision
15:00
      Villante knocked Mehmen down with some heavy punches to the face early in the first round, and he beat the shit out of him on the ground for a good portion of the round, with knees to the body, and punches & elbows to the head. The second round had Villante boxing with Mehmen, and beating him up on the feet. Mehmen landed a few decent shots, but Villante clearly won the first two rounds. Villante won the third round too, via standup striking, but Mehmen secured a takedown at the very end of the round, and beat up Villante for a little bit.
89.0
TKO (Punches)
1:05
      Trevor Smith started this fight with a hard leg kick, but Villante powered through it, punched Smith, rocked him, pressed him up against the cage to show his strength, he then backed up, took a second to load up, and then he unloaded on Smith's face, rocking him, knocking him to the ground, and then finished him off with some heavy hammerfists. Really nice victory for Villante, in just over one minute of the first round.
85.5
Decision
15:00
      Oh man, that was interesting... Villante got the takedown early in the first round, landed in Berry's guard, and then beat him up for the entire round, even knocking him out at one point, with a flash knockout, but then he immediately punched him again, which woke him back up, so the fight continued. Berry started every round, rushing in throwing strikes, but Villante was able to take him to the ground every time. So yeah, Villante wins this fight, 30-27, by taking the fight to the ground once in each round, and keeping the fight there for the duration of the fight. Not a great exciting fight, but decent win for Villante to break his 2-Fight losing streak.
88.1
Decision
15:00
      Villante landed a few nice leg kicks & secured a takedown in the first round, and beat up Larkin a little bit on the ground. Larkin started landing some solid strikes in the second round, and Villante tried to take him to the ground, lifting his leg up in the air, but Larkin was able to defend really well, and continued to beat up Villante on the feet. The third round was basically a kickboxing match, where Larkin was able to beat up Villante on the feet, and he also secured a takedown at the end of the round, so I gave this fight to Larkin, 29-28, and all 3 judges agreed.
89.4
TKO (Punches)
2:49
      This fight was just a straight up brawl, with both guys throwing their best bombs at each other, headhunting like maniacs. Griggs got the better of most exchanges, but Villante landed a couple of really nice headkicks. In the end, Griggs knocked Villante the fuck out, with some really heavy hands. Awesome win for Griggs, and it makes Lashley's loss to him, seem a little less embarrassing. Really solid performance by Chad Griggs.