Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has been it all and done it all, and at this stage in his career is that aging fan-favorite whose every loss makes you sad and every win makes you wish he’d call it quits. Gian Villante never managed to realize his full potential in the Octagon, but he’s big and precise with his strikes, and is capable of putting dudes away. How’s this co-main event going to play out?
From the outset, it’s clear Villante has no designs on playing things safe, as he simply stands about two feet away from Shogun and starts swinging. Shogun happily obliges him, and the duo proceeds to bang the crap out of each other. The American gets tagged hard enough to go down twice in the first, and when he gets up he wobbles Shogun hard. Villante gets a takedown in the second, but Shogun is up quickly and he drops his foe – his right hands are taking years off Villante’s life.
The end comes in Round 3, when Villante presses forward and walks into a right hand. He’s dazed, and when he covers up Shogun just unloads, eventually sending Villante to the canvas for the TKO.
Results: Mauricio Rua def. Gian Villante via TKO (Punches) at :59, R3