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Gettin' to know Gian Villante

Former MacArthur High School and Hofstra University wrestler and football player Gian Villante gets a heavyweight title shot at Ring of Combat on Feb. 19 at the Tropicana in Atlantic City.

Fightin' Words was down at Bellmore Kickboxing MMA this past Saturday to talk with Villante (5-0). He's a pretty funny guy. He's debating between "The Heartthrob" and "The Incredible Hunk" as his nickname for fight introductions.

Villante is also a smart guy. He knew not to say that on camera for the video below.

"You go with 'Incredible Hunk' and you'll be walking to the ring alone," his trainer Keith Trimble said.

Villante's teammate at Bellmore Kickboxing MMA, Ryan LaFlare, gets his shine in the video blog later this week.

(P.S. We'll have more with Villante and LaFlare in Sunday's newspaper.)


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