Report: Gian Villante vs. Francimar Barroso booked for UFC 220 in Boston

The UFC’s return to Boston in January continues to build with the addition of a new light heavyweight bout.

Gian Villante (15-9 MMA, 5-6 UFC) will take on Brazil’s Francimar Barroso (19-6 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at UFC 220. The booking was reported by Newsday on Villante’s Long Island home base, though UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement.

UFC 220 takes place Jan. 20 at TD Garden in Boston. It airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Villante needs to snap a two-fight skid. In July in front of his home fans, he dropped a split decision to Patrick Cummins. In March in Brazil, he was stopped with a third-round TKO by former champion Mauricio Rua.

Villante’s UFC run has been up and down since he came over following the merger with Strikeforce. He’s had one two-fight winning streak over his 11-fight run, and his current slide is his first losing skid with the promotion.

Francimar Barroso

Barroso will be trying to get back on track, as well. In September, he dropped a unanimous decision to Aleksandar Rakic in the Netherlands. Prior to that, he had a pair of fights with Darren Stewart. In the first outing, he dropped a TKO in Brazil – but that loss was overturned to a no-contest due to an accidental headbutt leading to the finish. In March, he took a decision from Stewart in their rematch in London.

With the addition, the latest UFC 220 lineup includes:

  • Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau
  • Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja
  • Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font
  • Shane Burgos vs. Calvin Kattar
  • Kyle Bochniak vs. Brandon Davis

For more on UFC 220, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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'Dana White: Lookin' for a Fight' S2E4: Merab Dvalishvili's 15-second KO

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“Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight” is back with its fourth episode of the second season, which now can be watched in its entirety.

White, who hosts the series with former UFC champion Matt Serra and MMA vet Din Thomas, uses the show to search for future UFC talent, though there are plenty of pitstops along the way.

In the fourth episode of Season 2, Gian Villante steps in for Thomas as the guys hit New York City. They celebrate Serra’s birthday while taking batting practice with the New York Mets (with special guests Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum), do a ride-along with the New York Police Department, dance with the Rockettes and grab a New York slice.

The guys also visit nearby New Jersey, where they check out Serra protege and featherweight James Gonzalez at Ring of Combat 59. They also watch a fight between Roufusport fighter Raufeon Stots and Serra student Merab Dvalishvili, who got a quick win to earn himself a UFC contract.

Check it out above.

Also see:

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Valentina Shevchenko and UFC 215's other losing fighters?

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UFC 215 took place Saturday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with a five-fight pay-pay-per-view main card.

Valentina Shevchenko (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) fell short of claiming the UFC women’s bantamweight title in the headliner when she suffered a split-decision loss to Amanda Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC) to experience her second UFC blemish, both of which have come against “The Lioness.”

Some other fighters suffered notable losses, as well, with Neil Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC) and Wilson Reis (22-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC) suffering stoppage losses, and Tyson Pedro (6-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Gilbert Melendez (22-7 MMA, 1-5 UFC) falling short on the scorecards.

After every event, fans wonder whom the losing fighters will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 215’s losing fighters.

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Gilbert Melendez

Jason Knight

Should fight: Jason Knight
Why they should fight: Melendez’s experimental drop to the featherweight division didn’t go according to plan against Jeremy Stephens, and now the former Strikeforce champion is sitting on a four-fight losing skid and is winless over a nearly four-year period.

Although he’s had two title shots and a “Fight of the Year” contender with Diego Sanchez in 2013, Melendez’s run in the UFC can likely be summed up as disappointing, especially when considering only the number of wins and losses.

At 35, it remains to be seen if Melendez will want to continue to fight much longer, especially with ownership of his own gym and an analyst gig with ESPN. Assuming he wants to continue, and stay at featherweight, a number of interesting fights are available in the division.

A slugger such as Knight (20-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) could potentially bring out the best in Melendez, and if it went the other way, Knight would add a legitimate name to his resume following a knockout loss to Ricardo Lamas at UFC 214 in July.

Tyson Pedro

Gian Villante

Should fight: Gian Villante
Why they should fight: Pedro experienced the first defeat of his career when he fell short with a unanimous-decision loss to Swedish powerhouse Ilir Latifi.

After a six-fight winning streak to begin his career, Pedro couldn’t rise to the level of his most elite opponent to date, and that shows he’s not quite ready for the higher-tier fighters in the light-heavyweight division.

A matchup with Villante (15-9 MMA, 5-6 UFC) wouldn’t be a big step back from Latifi, but he would present a winnable fight for the Australian that would also afford him a chance to add a notable name to his resume.

Wilson Reis

Brandon Moreno

Should fight: Brandon Moreno
Why they should fight: After being handed a brutal beatdown at the hands of flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson earlier this year, Reis took an even more one-sided loss when Henry Cejudo knocked him out cold in the matchup of former title challengers.

Reis was unable to accomplish anything in just over a round of cage time with Cejudo, and he got picked apart and ultimately finished with a series of second-round strikes. It’s unfamiliar territory for the Brazilian, who had never been finished in the UFC prior to this current skid.

Given the nature of his past two fights, it would probably be in Reis’ best interest to take a little time off. Once he’s recovered and recharged, though, a bout with fellow grappling specialist Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) would be as compelling as any other available option at 125 pounds.

Neil Magny

Gunnar Nelson

Should fight: Gunnar Nelson
Why they should fight: After sitting out for eight months, Magny suffered a setback in his return to the octagon in the form of a first-round submission loss to former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.

Magny has been stellar over the past few years, but in recent fights, he’s run into some issues that have prevented him from getting his hand raised. The American will need to make some adjustments in order to reach greater heights in the division, but many compelling matchups remain.

Nelson (16-3-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) dangerous ground game and evolving striking would clash well with Magny’s versatile offense and defense. Both men would enter the fight off a loss, meaning even greater stakes and risk when they share the octagon.

Valentina Shevchenko

Should fight: Sara McMann
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Shevchenko should fight McMann (11-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) next after her title-fight loss.

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Gian Villante on 'weird' UFC on FOX 25 scrap with Patrick Cummins: 'I don't know where I lost'

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Gian Villante said he was going to take a more careful approach to his UFC on FOX 25 fight with Patrick Cummins on Saturday.

Now, after taking a split-decision loss to a gritty and resilient Cummins (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC), Villante (15-9 MMA, 5-6 UFC) thinks he may have been a little too careful.

“I had him hurt,” Villante said. “I should have finished it – a couple of times. And when I did have him hurt, I’d land another big shot, and I’d kind of wait for him to come back. I should have just poured it on.

“Just (an) unfortunate decision. I never want to keep in the judges’ hands. It’s not what I do. It’s not how I fight. I try to finish fights. This time I just wanted to finish with something clean, instead of pouring on. I just waited too long.”

Villante did cause some damage – as Cummins’ mess of a face can help corroborate – especially in the first round, when a punch and some hammerfists looked like they were about to put “Durkin” away. After a headbutt that split Cummins’ head open, however, there was a break in action that helped the light-heavyweight recover.

When it comes to that, Villante says he has no interest in inserting himself in yet another refereeing controversy. But that didn’t stop the light-heavyweight from expressing his bewilderment with the timeout after what he maintains was an accidental head clash.

“I was what – severely? Profusely? What’s the word I’m looking for? Give me a big one,” Villante said. “Very confused? Extremely. I don’t know what the hell was going on. I know I was hurting him with those hammerfists. He was wobbling, and then he went to get on one knee and I’m like, ‘Alright, good.’

“And then we clinched up and I guess we collided heads, but it wasn’t intentional by any means. And I didn’t know you stopped fights for a head collision and then give you five minutes to recover? That was really weird to me. I had never seen that before.”

Villante is now riding the first two-fight skid of his octagon career, following a UFC Fight Night 106 loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in Brazil in March. Cummins, in turn, is on a two-fight winning streak after building on yet another gritty decision win over Jan Blachowicz at April’s UFC 210.

The typically aggressive Villante takes part of the blame for letting the scrap even go to the judges’ scorecards in the first place. And he takes solace in both his intact health after the grueling scrap and the huge win that teammate and best friend Chris Weidman had over Kelvin Gastelum later that night.

But he’s also not comfortable with the final decision.

“It was a weird fight, man,” Villante said. “I don’t know where I lost. I don’t know what part of any round I lost. If I was hit, it was one shot and then I was fine. Nothing went through clear, clean or anything like that. Weird.”

To hear more from Villante, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Kelvin Gastelum and UFC on FOX 25's other losing fighters?

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Saturday’s four-fight UFC on FOX 25 main card was poised for competitive matchups, and that for the most part that’s how it played out until Chris Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) produced a statement stoppage of Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in the FOX-televised middleweight headliner at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y.

Earlier on the card, Dennis Bermudez (16-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) suffered his fourth setback in his past six fights, Gian Villante (15-9 MMA, 5-6 UFC) was edged on the scorecard, and Thomas Almeida (21-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) experienced just his second loss as a pro.

After every event, fans wonder whom the losers will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC on FOX 25’s losing fighters.

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Thomas Almeida

Rob Font

Should fight: Rob Font
Why they should fight: Almeida suffered just the second loss of his 23-fight career when he succumbed to the incredible winning streak of Jimmie Rivera in a crucial bantamweight contest.

The Brazilian is still one of the brightest prospects at 135 pounds, but unfortunately Rivera is looking nearly unstoppable at this point and he fell victim to that momentum by unanimous decision. Whether he wins or loses, Almeida is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport and delivers every time he steps in the octagon.

Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) doesn’t have the same following, but he’s proven to be someone who brings it every time, as well. He’s well rounded and dynamic, and a matchup with Almeida would be absolute fireworks.

Gian Villante

Ion Cutelaba

Should fight: Ion Cutelaba
Why they should fight: Villante suffered his third loss in his past four fights when he dropped a split decision to Patrick Cummins in an important bout for his position in the light-heavyweight division.

Villante has had some solid moments throughout his UFC tenure. Unfortunately, his track record has shown that he falls short when the lights shine brightest, and it comes to a point when a fighter only receives a certain amount of chances.

Villante has had difficulty evolving past a brawling style of fighter. His style has only failed him against proven oppositions, though, and Cutelaba (13-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is not yet that. “The Hulk” is an interesting prospect at 23 years old, and if he could beat Villante, it would be a real reason to start paying attention.

Dennis Bermudez

Mirsad Bektic

Should fight: Mirsad Bektic
Why they should fight: Bermudez experienced disappointment in front of a supportive crowd when he dropped a second consecutive fight, this time courtesy of Darren Elkins.

“The Menace” has had his ups and downs inside the octagon, and after the split-decision result, he’s currently enduring another rough patch. He’s always found a way to rally back, though, and in a loaded featherweight division, there’s plenty of opportunity to do that.

Bektic (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is also coming off a loss to Elkins, albeit in a much more stunning fashion at UFC 209 in March. Bektic is still considered one of the brightest prospects at 145 pounds, and a fight with “The Ultimate Fighter 14” finalist Bermudez would represent a chance for him to recover some of what was lost in his first career setback against Elkins.

Kelvin Gastelum

Should fight: Gunnar Nelson
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Gastelum should drop back to welterweight and fight Nelson (16-3-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 25 video highlights: Patrick Cummins vs. Gian Villante

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Once again, Patrick Cummins snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat with pure heart and tenacity.

Cummins (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) got his clock cleaned several times by Gian Villante (15-9 MMA, 5-6 UFC) but kept on charging over three rounds to secure a split decision.

The light heavyweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC on FOX 25 event at NYCB LIVE at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. It aired on FOX following prelims on FOX and UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights above.

Also see:

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Eventssection of the site.

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UFC on FOX 25 results: Bloodied Patrick Cummins earns brutal split decision over Gian Villante

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Once again, Patrick Cummins snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat with pure heart and tenacity.

Cummins (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) got his clock cleaned several times by Gian Villante (15-9 MMA, 5-6 UFC) but kept on charging over three rounds to secure a split decision.

The light heavyweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC on FOX 25 event at NYCB LIVE at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. It aired on FOX following prelims on FOX and UFC Fight Pass.

The final scores were 29-28 twice for Cummins with one judge giving Villante the fight by the same score. It was another gritty win for Cummins, who accepted his win with a pair of swollen eyes.

Despite looking like the loser, Cummins overcame near-disaster and outworked Villante, who faded badly as the fight went into deep waters. After nearly putting Cummins out with a punch and hammerfists in the first, Villante’s technique went out the door as he was consistently beaten to the punch.

Conversely, Cummins showed more striking technique than ever. When his repeated single-leg attempts failed, and extended clinches didn’t bear takedowns, he moved his head and stuck Villante with jabs. He gave chase when Villante lazily circled away and landed more punches. Although none of them threatened to end the fight, they negated the heavy blows he took.

Villante managed to muster a few right hands that wobbled Cummins in the final round. At one moment, Cummins looked like he would crash to the mat. But instead, he rallied and kept the pressure on.

Like earlier wins, it wasn’t pretty. But it still got the job done.

Cummins now has won two straight after losing back-to-back fights, while Villante continues to hopscotch between wins and losses in his past six outings.

Up-to-the-minute UFC on FOX 25 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in New York.)

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UFC on FOX 25 staff picks: Who's picking Chris Weidman to snap his skid at home?

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The UFC is back in the state of New York this week for the fifth time since MMA legislation passed in 2016.

UFC on FOX 25 takes place Saturday at NYCB LIVE at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. The card airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, former middleweight champion Chris Weidman (13-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) gets to fight in front of his home Long Island fans when he takes on ex-welterweight Kelvin Gastelum (13-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC). Gastelum is a slight favorite in the fight; Weidman has lost three straight – the only three losses of his career. It’s Gastelum who has a 6-4 edge in the picks from our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts.

In the co-feature, Dennis Bermudez (16-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) is more than a 2-1 favorite in his featherweight fight against Darren Elkins (22-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC), who is coming off an all-time comeback win earlier this year. Bermudez is the heaviest favorite as far as our staff is concerned with a 7-3 nod over Elkins.

Also on the main card, Patrick Cummins (9-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) takes on New York’s own Gian Villante (15-8 MMA, 5-5 UFC) in a light heavyweight bout. Cummins is a slight favorite, and he’s a slight favorite among our staff members at 6-4. And to open the main card, bantamweights Thomas Almeida (21-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Jimmie Rivera (20-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) meet. Rivera, who is unbeaten in the UFC, is a 6-4 pick from our crew.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Gastelum, Bermudez, Cummins and Rivera are the choices – though only Bermudez has more than a 53 percent advantage among the public.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 25's Gian Villante looking to 'not just be a berserker' against Patrick Cummins

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NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. – For Gian Villante, having a good night Saturday rides on striking the delicate balance between not leaving things up to the judges and “not being a berserker in there.”

As evidenced by three “Fight of the Night” bonuses spread through a 10-fight UFC career that holds an even number of wins and losses, Villante has a penchant for battles. While his bold style has turned the light-heavyweight into somewhat of a fan-favorite, “slugging it out like a meathead” – his words, not ours – also has cost him some key results along the way.

That may be why he’s taking a measured approach to Saturday’s UFC on FOX 25. Set to welcome Patrick Cummins (9-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) to his home turf, Long Island’s Villante (15-8 MMA, 5-5 UFC) won’t forego aggression. But there are ways to go about finishes.

“If it’s there, I’ll take it,” Villante told MMAjunkie ahead of the main card scrap, which takes place at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. “But I’m not going to force it, for sure. It’s going to be hard with the crowd going to not force it. But just be a little bit smarter than that. Take my shots from there.

“Not just be a berserker in there. Take my time. (If) you hit a guy long enough and hard enough, even if you do waste a little bit of your energy trying to finish him, he’s going to (use) a lot of energy trying to survive, too.”

Villante and Cummins were scheduled to meet at last December’s UFC Fight Night 102 in Albany. Cummins, however, had to pull out at the last minute due to a nasty staph infection. Villante fought that night, taking out newcomer Saparbek Safarov in the second round of a “Fight of the Night” winner. The win, made more impressive by how sick Villante got that night, was followed by a TKO loss to “Shogun” Rua in March.

Cummins has fought once since, beating Jan Błachowicz at April’s UFC 210 via majority decision to bounce back from a two-fight skid. Looking at his opponent, Villante sees a “tough, durable guy” with great cardio – and one who can also take a shot.

“But I know if you land a couple of good ones on him, I can finish the fight,” Villante said. “My plan is to – even if I’ve got to take a couple – make sure I put him out and not get taken down.”

While Cummins’ takedowns are viewed as the key to controlling the bout, Villante would like to add that he’s pretty decent at wrestling, too – and the fact that he has defended 88.5 percent of all takedown attempts in UFC 205-pound competition can help back that up. Not to mention:

“I’m in good shape, baby,” Villante said. “Look at these abs, come on.”

As for the pressure of fighting at home? Well, yes, it’s there. But it’s not like the fun-loving Villante is ever particularly fazed by heavy words of that sort.

“To tell you the truth, in every fight there’s a lot of pressure,” Villante said. “Your job can be on the line any second. Your health can be on the line any second. This guy’s out there trying to punch your head off, so it’s not like you’re going out there playing tennis.

“It’s always nerves in there, but it’s part of it. (I’ve) been doing it long enough; better get used to it.”

This, of course, isn’t Villante’s first time fighting in New York – and consequently dealing with its notoriously tricky state athletic commission. The experience when he fought Safarov in Albany, the light-heavyweight admits, wasn’t the easiest. But not overly critical, he chalks up the hiccups to some growing pains.

And in any case, it’s not like he plans on depending on them.

“Listen, I don’t want to leave it up the judges. I don’t want to leave it up the commission,” Villante said. “I don’t want to leave nothing. I want to put my fists through someone, and that’s what I’ll leave it up to. You can’t blame nobody for what happens in that fight. The judges, nothing. Go out there and finish it, and you won’t have to deal with that.”

To hear more from Villante – including how he’s been using heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic as his own valet throughout fight week – check out the video above.

And for more on UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC on FOX 25 in New York

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC on FOX 25 event in New York.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC on FOX 25 staff picks we release on Friday ahead of the event. UFC on FOX 25 takes place at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y. The card airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Chris Weidman vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Records: Chris Weidman (13-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC),. Kelvin Gastelum (13-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC)
Past five: Weidman 2-3, Gastelum 3-1 (one no-contest)
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: Weidman No. 8, Gastelum No. 13
Odds (as of 7/16/17): Gastelum -155, Weidman +125

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Dennis Bermudez vs. Darren Elkins

Records: Dennis Bermudez (16-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC), Darren Elkins (22-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC)
Past five: Bermudez 2-3, Elkins 4-1
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: Elkins No. 13
Odds (as of 7/16/17): Bermudez -235, Elkins +200

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Patrick Cummins vs. Gian Villante

Records: Patrick Cummins (9-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC), Gian Villante (15-8 MMA, 5-5 UFC)
Past five: Cummins 2-3, Villante 2-3
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/16/17): Cummins -120, Villante +100

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Thomas Almeida vs. Jimmie Rivera

Records: Thomas Almeida (21-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC), Jimmie Rivera (20-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC)
Past five: Almeida 4-1, Rivera 5-0
Division: Bantamweight
Rankings: Rivera No. 7, Almeida No. 12
Odds (as of 7/16/17): n/a

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For more on UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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