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UFC 196 fight card: Ilir Latifi vs Gian Villante full fight preview

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Ilir Latifi and Gian Villante will brawl this Saturday (March 5, 2016) at UFC 196 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In a match up of heavy hitters, what adjustments must be made for either woman to claim victory? Find out below!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight sluggers Ilir Latifi and Gian Villante will hunt for the knockout this Saturday (March 5, 2016) at UFC 196 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Though many laughed off Latifi as short-notice cannon fodder for Gegard Mousasi, Latifi has proven himself a valuable member of the roster and very dangerous fighter. He’s won via finish in four of his last five fights, showing off some devastating power.

Meanwhile, Villante continues to be an inconsistent-but-dangerous combatant. Every time he seems to be building momentum, something goes wrong for the New Yorker. Nonetheless, he has a major opportunity here to pick up an important win.

Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for both men:

Ilir Latifi
Record: 11-4 (1)
Key Wins: Sean O’Connell (UFC Fight Night 81), Hans Stringer (UFC Fight Night 72), Cyrille Diabate (UFC Fight Night 37)
Key Losses: Jan Blachowicz (UFC Fight Night 53, Gegard Mousasi (UFC on Fuel TV 9)
Keys to Victory: Latifi is a physical beast. He’s also deceptively well-rounded, as Latifi has a strong wrestling background and is an ADCC veteran as well. In addition, he’s won his last three fights via knockout, which is a pretty impressive number considering he only finished two men via strikes prior.

In this bout, Latifi should look to take advantage of being well-rounded. His opponent may have a wrestling background too, but I cannot remember the last time Villante relied on it and found success.

With that in mind, Latifi should take the role of aggressor and look to pressure ….View full article

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