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UFC 196 results: Ilir Latifi outmuscles, outlasts Gian Villante to win unanimous decision

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Unheralded, hard-hitting Light Heavyweight sluggers Ilir Latifi and Gian Villante duked it out earlier tonight (Sat., March 5, 2016) on the pay-per-view (PPV) main card of UFC 196, which took place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

And it went the full 15 minutes, which few predicted, with Latifi ultimately getting the edge thanks to his power punches and super slams.

Both fighters touched gloves as a mutual sign of respect to start the bout, but then Villante got the action started with his legs. Latifi was able to catch one of them and press Villante up against the cage, where he landed a nice right cross on the break. Villante went back to work with his kicks, which appeared to bother Latifi early. So bothered, in fact, that he drilled Villante with a powerful shot that nearly sent the big man to the canvas. The pair jockeyed for position along the cage and, once again, Latifi landed a nice shot as they separated. Latifi kept up the pressure along the cage, closing the distance and looking to land something short. Villante was able to get some distance and landed his best kick of the night to the belly of Latifi just as the round came to a close.

Villante came out for round two identical to the first: Kicking. Latifi charged in with two wild misses, while Villante uncorked another kick, which the Swede caught and used to give the Long Islander a ride with a nice, powerful toss over his shoulder. Villante, however, was quickly able to escape and went back to playing soccer with Latifi’s stocky — by this time very red — legs. Latifi then got into the action, attempting a nice spinning kick that Villante saw coming from a mile away. With 20 seconds to ….View full article

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