Gian Villante came from a football background before distinguishing himself as mixed martial artist in Strikeforce and UFC. He has had an up and down UFC career and needs a win here with 4 losses in his last 6. Francimar Barroso has quietly accumulated a 4-3 record (1 NC) in the UFC with most of his fights going to the decision.
Round 1. Villante moves forward from the beginning. He lands some big punches including a hard uppercut. He lands another significant punch moments later and appears to have Barroso in some jeopardy but Barroso is able to recover. Villante continues to press the action while Barroso looks to counter. Barroso lands some nice leg kicks but Villante is in general controlling the action. 10-9 Villante.
Round 2. Villante moves into range and they begin throwing heavy punches at each other. Both men connect with strong punches right on the chin and both men’s chins hold up. Barroso seems a little more affected by the biggest shots but both are handling the other’s offense well. Villante continues to advance, looking for the knockout punch. 10-9 Villante.