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UFC 159: Gian Villante Vs. Ovince St. Preux

Gian Villante vs. Ovince St. Preux

A pair of former football players and Strikeforce alums square off at light heavyweight, as Gian Villante (10-3) puts his three-fight win streak on the line against Ovince St. Preux (12-5). Kevin Mulhall will serve as the third man inside the Octagon.

Round 1: St. Preux fires off a big kick that Villante catches and works for a takedown, which he is unable to get after OSP uses the top of the cage to keep his balance. Yes, not the actual fence, as the big man put his hand on top of it to stay upright. Big shots land by OSP, who seems more fluid with his striking early on. OSP lands some big lefts and follows up with more shots, but Villante ties him close to find his bearings. Gigantic lefts landing from OSP, who connects with a right and fends off a takedown attempt.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for St. Preux

Round 2: Villante with a big leg kick that floors St. Preux just seconds into the round. OSP, though, continues to throw kicks and big strikes, landing a straight left. That left hand by OSP has been unstoppable and effective so far. Combo lands by OSP, who is just picking him apart with his striking. Telegraphed takedown attempt stuffed by Villante, who lands a combo of his own on the out. Villante looking the fresher fighter as we go under two minutes, as OSP isn’t moving well now or throwing much with any power behind it. Kicks connect by Villante, and just like that, OSP fires back with a left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Villante

Round 3: What a crazy round. An eye poke landed to Villante, and the referee asked if he could see. Villante replied he couldn’t, and the ref has called a stop to the bout. A thumb went right to the eye of Villante. It appears the fighter was just asking for a break, but he was saying “I can’t see,” and the ref has stopped it. They send this one to the scorecards. It appears there was a miscommunication, as the ref stopped it and missed the obvious eye poke. The bout goes to the judges scorecards.

Ovince St. Preux def. Gian Villante via majority technical decision (30-28, 30-29, 29-29) at :33 of Round 3