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UFC Fight Night 38: Fabio Maldonado Vs. Gian Villante

UFC Fight Night 38: Fabio Maldonado Vs. Gian Villante

Fabio Maldonado vs. Gian Villante

Up next is a light heavyweight fight featuring Fabio Maldonado and Gian Villante.

Maldonado (20-6) has posted back-to-back decision victories since three straight losses, besting Roger Hollett and Joey Beltran.

Villante (11-4) is 4-1 in his last five, going 1-1 with the UFC. He topped Cody Donovan late in 2013.

Round 1: Immediate clinch and takedown by Villante right off the bat. Into side control goes Villante, who is attempting to pin down Maldonado’s arm and land uncontested blows. He transitions to the back and lands a huge knee, and another, to the thigh region. More heavy knees to the thighs by Villante, who takes Maldonado back to the canvas. The crowd is booing the action, but Villante has been working and dominating.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Villante

Round 2: Villante catches Maldonado with a left, and another. Instead of trading shots, Villante backs up and re-positions himself. Now, Maldonado fires off back-to-back jabs that connect. Maldonado has his jab locked in, as he is peppering him with the left. Villante has had enough of that and he scores with a takedown, rolling to his back and trying to secure hooks. Vicious knee by Villante lands to the forehead and Maldonado is a bloody mess. Here comes Maldonado, though, sensing blood and going on the attack. He lands a body shot that hurts Villante as his face becomes a crimson mess. Massive lefts and rights being fired off by Maldonado now. Straight jabs land and Villante is breathing heavily. Combos by Maldonado are landing at rapid paces and he defends a takedown with ease. Pair of body shots by Maldonado nearly send Villante to the canvas. Strong finish for Maldonado to send us to the third.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Maldonado

Round 3: Villante appears to have a little more pep in his step to start this round, shooting for a takedown but missing. Head kick is blocked by Maldonado. Another takedown defended with ease and Maldonado lands to the body. Weak takedown attempt by Villante and Maldonado just falls over on top of him before standing up. More power punches to the body from Maldonado, who adds in a jab and a right hook for good measure. Another right lands and the crowd is starting to get behind Maldonado. Maldonado drops Villante, turns to walk away, and Villante gets back up. Takedown attempt by Villante is denied for a third time and he seems to throw his head in disappointment, eating another uppercut. He looks at his corner as they instruct him and nods in approval. Villante is almost out on his feet, as he goes down, clutching Maldonado’s shorts to survive.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Maldonado

Fabio Maldonado def. Gian Villante via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)