A light-heavyweight battle between two knockout artists goes down at UFC Fight Night 38. Fabio Maldonaldo and Gian Villante will grace the main card with a bout that is sure to be heavy in violence and short on the time cards. Maldonaldo picked up a decision win in his last bout over Joey Beltran while Villante knocked out Cody Donovan this past November. Get the result for this bout below!
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Light-Heavyweight Bout: Fabio Maldonaldo (20-6) vs. Gian Villante (11-4)
Round 1: Leg kick from Villante gets thing started in this light-heavyweight battle. Villante lands a takedown in less than 20 seconds. Villante working from side-control, trying to work his way into the crucifix position. Maldonaldo turns and gives up his back. Knees from Villante to the back left thy of Maldonaldo. Maldonaldo gets to his feet but continues to eat knees from Villante. Takedown from Villante as he gets directly into side-control. Maldonaldo pushes Villante back into half-guard, but is unable to do much else. Villante postures up and whiffs with a big right hand. Elbows from Villante. Villante ends the round punching from top position. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Villante.
Round 2: Left hook from Villante rocks Maldonaldo. Maldonaldo recovers and hits Villante with two punches. Jab form Maldonaldo doing work here. Villante shoots for a takedown and drags Maldonaldo to the mat. Villante working from Maldonald’s back and lands a few knees before dragging him down to the mat. Maldonaldo gets up but eats a few knees on his way up. The knees open up a huge cut on Maldonaldo. Big punches from Maldonaldo! Right hook from Villante. Maldonaldo is taking the fight over here in round 2. Takedown stuffed by Maldonaldo. Leg kick from Villante. Uppercut from Villante. A brief Guillotine attempt from Villante is thwarted. Big punches against the cage for Maldonaldo! The round ends with Maldonaldo pushing forward. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 for Maldonaldo (19-19).
Round 3: Big punches landing for Maldonaldo early. Villante shoots for a takedown but doesn’t come close to landing it. Maldonaldo is boxing up Villante. Another bad takedown attempt from Villante. Body punches from Maldonaldo put a grimace on Villante’s face. Villante tries for a takedown, but it looks more like he fell down. Left hook, 3 punch combo from Maldonaldo. Jab then body punches from Maldonaldo. Big right hand lands for Villante but Maldonaldo just laughs and dukes Villante with a few more punches. Villante falls forward for a takedown but fails. Villante clinches with Maldonaldo and tries to land a takedown but fails. The fighters get back to the center of the cage where Maldonaldo continues the abuse. This is getting out of hand quickly. Right hand , left hook from Maldonaldo. Villante is a walking punching bag at this point. Left hook wobbles Villante! Villante walking across the cage like a zombie. Maldonaldo put it on this dude. SciFighting scores the round 10-8 Maldonaldo and the fight 29-27 for Maldonaldo.
Official Decision: Fabio Maldonaldo def. Gian Villante via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28).
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