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Gian Villante to retire following Chris Barnett fight at UFC 268

UFC Fight Night: Villante v Collier Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Gian Villante will make his eighteenth walk to the Octagon this Saturday night (Nov. 6, 2021) to face Chris Barnett in a Heavyweight bout at the UFC 268 pay-per-view (PPV) event in New York City.

And it will be his last, too.

The long-time veteran has announced that he will retire from the sport win, lose or draw once the dust settles. Villante revealed the news to Newsday (via MMA Junkie).

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CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLEHEADER! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York City with a compelling pair of world championship rematches on Sat., Nov. 6, 2021. Headlining UFC 268’s blockbuster pay-per-view (PPV) will be Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman as he looks to defend his title once again against arch enemy and No. 1-ranked contender, Colby Covington. The co-main event will see UFC women’s Strawweight queenpin, Rose Najamunas, aim to make it two in a row against former champion and No. 1-seeded contender, Zhang Weili.

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Villante made his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut in 2009 under the Ring of Combat umbrella, racking up six straight wins to begin his career, going 7-1 overall for the promotion before heading over to Strikeforce. After going 3-2 for the now-defunct company, he signed with UFC in 2013.

During his eight-year run with the promotion, Villante racked up a 7-10 record and collected big wins over Corey Anderson and Ed Herman, among others. Villante goes into UFC 268 on a three-fight losing streak, so breaking his skid and going out on top would be a great way to ride off into the sunset.

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