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UFC 196 results recap: Ilir Latifi vs Gian Villante fight review and analysis

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Last night (Sat., March 5, 2016), Ilir Latifi and Gian Villante went to war at UFC 196 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In a slow fight, Latifi won a clear decision victory. Find out how below!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight sluggers Ilir Latifi and Gian Villante squared off last night (March 5, 2016) at UFC 196 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Despite debuting with a short-notice loss, Latifi has since established himself as an extremely dangerous fighter. The muscular Swede hits hard and has solid grappling base, making him a tough test for most in the division.

On the other hand, Villante has been in the division for some time but has struggled to put momentum together. That said, a win opposite “The Sledgehammer” would be a very big moment for VIllante that could carry him to greater things.

Villante opened up the bout with some very hard kicks, but Latifi used those strikes as an opportunity to close the distance into a takedown attempt. However, Villante defended and eventually moved back to the center, where he returned to ripping his opponent with kicks.

Before long, Latifi countered one of those kicks with a heavy right hand and followed up with some more damage in the clinch. At that distance, Latifi seemed to figure out his game plan, as he began forcing his way into the clinch and landing hard shots on the break.

It was likely enough to win Latifi the round, but he also took some hard kicks from his opponent.

After about a minute or so of eating kicks at range, Latifi managed to secure a back clinch and take VIllante for a ride. However, the New Yorker quickly scrambled back to his feet, though that exchange seemed to drain both men of ….View full article

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