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Many media outlets asked Chris Weidman the same sorts of questions during Monday's blitz around the city ahead of UFC 162 on Saturday.
Here are some of the answers he gave to Newsday, plus a cameo from training partner and UFC light heayweight Gian Villante....Read more »
At UFC 159 last month in New Jersey, Gian Villante lost by technical decision when he was poked in the eye by Ovince St. Preux and the referee stopped the fight.
On Tuesday, Gamma Labs posted this humorous PSA on eye safety in the workplace starring Levittown's Villante.
Watch and enjoy.
(Newsday's app users can watch the video at youtube.com/watch?v=m5OWz_8xHGA)...Read more »
UFC light heavyweight Gian Villante is a piece of meat, emphasis on the light.
See, there's this restaurant on Hicksville Road in North Massapequa. It's called Sal's Place. At this restaurant, there's a burger menu. At the bottom of that burger menu, there's this: "Gian burger."
Yes, Villante has a burger named after him. Rather impressive for the 27-year-old MMA fighter...Read more »
Long Island's closest UFC title contender, Chris Weidman, remains on the shelf as he rehabs from a shoulder injury. But as Weidman continues his way back to the middleweight division and a possible fight with champion Anderson Silva, plenty of other local fighters have UFC fights scheduled in the next two months. Here's a quick rundown: Featherweight Dennis Bermudez (Lindenhurst) will fight Matt...Read more »
A few weeks ago, Gian Villante was unsure of his next career opportunity.
Would the Strikeforce light heavyweight from Levittown, who was not on the promotion's final card last Saturday, become part of the UFC, or would he have to go searching for work elsewhere? (Zuffa owns both Strikeforce and UFC.)
On Tuesday night, those watching "UFC Tonight" on Fuel got that answer.
Villante...Read more »
Gamma Labs has some Christmas spirit, taking their sponsored fighters and doing a 12 Days of Christmas spoof with MMA terms -- and some serious product placement.
Among the featured fighters are three Long Islanders -- UFC middleweight Chris Weidman of Baldwin, Strikeforce light heavyweight Gian Villante of Levittown and former UFC fighter Pete "Drago" Sell of Bay Shore.
Sell...Read more »
There a Strikeforce conference call last week with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker and fighters Gilbert Melendez, Pat Healy, Gian Villate and Guto Inocente to help promote their scheduled Sept. 29 fights in Sacramento, Calif.
Of course, that card was canceled at the beginning of this week, but since the call happened, the quotes were documented and the stories won't be written anytime soon, here's...Read more »
The news about Strikeforce canceling its Sept. 29 card broke late for those of us on the east coast. Around 1:10 a.m., the press release email arrived. About 30 seconds later, Twitter exploded with the report.
And that's how most of the fighters on the undercard found out.
"Pretty crazy," Gian Villante wrote in a text message to Newsday on Monday morning.
The Levittown-based...Read more »