Gian Villante competed in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 106, where he suffered a third round TKO loss to Mauricio Rua. The New York native says that he’s learning a lot from the defeat.
“Anytime he hurt me, he kept going, but anytime I hurt him, I stopped,” Villante said after the event. “That was the difference in the fight.”
Villante has been rotating wins and losses in his last six UFC fights. Even though Villante came out on the losing end, the fight pretty much went the way he expected it to go.
“It was what I expected; I saw what I thought I was going to see,” Villante said. “Respect to him for sure. It’s what I expected, but I don’t know. I think I hesitated a little bit too much. I felt good. I felt like I was hurting him when I was throwing with good punches and stuff like that. Then I just kind of let my head get in there and stopped kicking. I didn’t kick. I didn’t wrestle. I just went in there and started slugging like a meathead. It is what it is. It’s tough to deal with right now, but I’ll be back for sure. I know I hit hard. I know I can take a shot.”
As far as his opponent in Rua goes, the Brazilian has now won three fights in a row.