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One hit is OK for Gian Villante

As UFC light heavyweight Gian Villante prepares for his July 25 fight against Tom Laylor at UFC on Fox 16 in Chicago, Villante, head trainer Keith Trimble and jiu-jitsu instructor Matt Serra talk about his recent win and his upcoming fight. July 18, 2015 (Credit: Mario Gonzalez)

Some fighters want to avoid getting hit as much as possible.

For Levittown's Gian Villante, the No. 15 ranked light heavyweight in the UFC, he doesn't mind it. In fact, he prefers to get hit at least once.

"I need to get hit once just to really feel that I'm gonna be OK," Villante said.

Villante (13-5), winner of two straight, will fight Tom Lawlor at UFC on Fox 16 in Chicago on Saturday night. His fight headlines to prelim portion of the card on Fox, which begins at 6 p.m. ET.

Watch more from Villante in the video above.

New York Sports