After three straight split decisions, Gian Villante working on tan, targeting UFC 230 fight

Gian Villante said he traditionally takes summer breaks from fighting, so his immediate plans revolve around his tan.

Otherwise, the veteran UFC light heavyweight is targeting a possible return to the octagon when the organization returns to his native New York in the fall.

UFC 230 takes place Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and the pay-per-view card is likely to be a stacked one – and heavy on local talent.

That could open the door for Villante (16-10 MMA, 6-7 UFC), the three-time “Fight of the Night” winners who’s 1-2 in his past three fights – all via split decision. In his most recent effort, he dropped a decision to Sam Alvey at UFC Fight Night 131 in June.

So, now what?

“As you can tell from my tan, I’m enjoying the summer,” the 32-year-old told MMAjunkie while recently in Las Vegas for the 2018 World MMA Awards. “I’m out on the beach everyday, from like (noon) to sunset. Summers in New York are the best.”

As far as that possible UFC 230 bout, where he hopes to share the card with teammates such as Chris Weidman and Al Iaquinta, does he have an opponent in mind? Prior to UFC 226, he mentioned he’d like the winner of Khalil Rountree (6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Gokhan Saki (1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), which turned out to be Rountree thanks to a brutal 96-second knockout.

“I just want a guy who wants to fight me – not a guy who will run away,” he said. “The past two fights, I had to chase. So hopefully it’ll be nice to get a guy who will come after me a little bit.”

For more on UFC 230, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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