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Gian Villante scores TKO in Strikeforce bout

Gian Villante trains at Bellmore Kickboxing Academy for

Gian Villante trains at Bellmore Kickboxing Academy for his Strikeforce mixed martial arts debut on Feb. 12 against Chad Griggs at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. (Feb. 2, 2011) Credit: Photo by Mark La Monica

A kick, a catch, a takedown and then a dozen or so punches. It was a simple formula and a quick fight for Levittown's Gian Villante in a Strikeforce bout on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Villante, in his fourth bout for Strikeforce, beat Trevor Smith by technical knockout 1:05 into the first round of their light heavyweight bout. 

Smith (9-2) threw a right kick that Villante (9-3) caught. The Long Islander with the wrestling pedigree (2003 state champion at MacArthur High School), quickly dropped Smith to the ground, then used his striking skills to finish him off.

Villante landed 10 of 12 ground strikes and 17 of 25 strikes overall in finishing Smith for a second straight victory in Strikeforce. Villante had lost his first Strikeforce bouts in 2011 after winning both the light heavyweight and heavyweight titles in Ring of Combat, a New Jersey-based MMA promotion.

Earlier in the first round, Villante connected on a brilliant right-left combination that staggered Smith. He threw a right to Smith's midsection, and as Smith went to defend against it, Villante came across with a left hook square to Smith's jaw.

New York Sports