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Gian Villante

Heavyweight Division

17-14-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


Wins by Decision

Gian Villante

athlete record


  • Pro since 2009


  • Ten wins by knockout, two by submission (2 RNC)


  • Has won 10 of his last 19


  • Second UFC fight at heavyweight (0-1)


  • Training partner of former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman
Not Fighting
Place of Birth
United States
Trains at
Bellmore Kickboxing (NY)
Octagon Debut
Jan. 8, 2012
Leg reach

TRAINING: Training always consists of two workouts (sometimes three) and will cover a mix of different focuses, depending on the day.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training roughly in 2007 after I had been cut from a couple NFL football teams. I figured I would do a sport where I can control my wins and losses and not have a coach or management tell me I need to do something differently. I know what I put into this is what I will get out of it.

What ranks and titles have you held? I was the Ring of Combat Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight champion

Do you have any heroes? Pat Tillman has always been a hero of mine. But I would also extend that to anyone who defends our country in any military branch.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I don't have to explain to someone who asks me who I fight for or what Strikeforce is; everyone knows what the UFC is and it's an honor.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to Hofstra University on a full football scholarship and studied to become a Physical education teacher.

What was your job before you started fighting? Attempting to play professional football

Favorite grappling technique: Sleep time

Favorite striking technique: The KO