UFC 249 Update: Gian Villante Returns to Heavyweight to Face Ben Rothwell
By: Tristen Critchfield Jan 13, 2020
Villante will return to the heavyweight division for the first
time since 2011 when he locks horns with Ben Rothwell
at UFC 249.
Newsday first reported the bout. UFC 249 takes place at the
Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 18 and is headlined by
a lightweight championship bout between Khabib
Nurmagomedov and Tony
Villante hasn’t fought at heavyweight since his Strikeforce debut
on Feb. 12, 2011, when he lost to Chad Griggs
via first-round technical knockout. The 34-year-old New Yorker was
also a heavyweight and light heavyweight champion in Ring of Combat
earlier in his career. Villante is coming off a first-round TKO
loss to Michal
Oleksiejczuk at UFC Fight Night 145 in February 2019.