Gian Villante to face “Shogun” Rua in Brazil

UFC 113: Machida v Shogun 2

After having his last fight in his home state of New York, Gian Villante will be on the road an out of the country for his next and biggest fight of his career, against former UFC and Pride world champion Maurico “Shogun” Rua; in his native Brazil.

A former college football player Villante the number 13 ranked contender has 10 of his 15 wins by knock out. Villante has won 4 of his last 6 fights and is coming off a TKO of Saparbek Safarov, from UFC Fight Night Albany.

Rua is ranked number 7 in the division, a exciting Muay Thia striker and BJJ black belt, who has spent a great deal of his career battling various injuries. With decision victories over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Corey Anderson, “Shogun” has won consecutive fights for the first time since, TKO wins over Mark Coelman and Chuck Liddell at UFC 93 & UFC 97, in 2009. Rua has scored 19 of his 24 career wins by knock out.

UFC Fight Night 107 takes place on March 11th, in Fortaleza, Brazil.

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MW: Vitor Belfort (25-13) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (13-2)
LW: Edson Barboza (18-4) vs. Beneil Adriush (14-2)
LHW: Mauricio Rua (24-10) vs. Gian Villante (15-7)

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