UFC 196: Ilir Latifi vs Gina Villante Full Fight Result, Recap, Replay

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UFC 196: Ilir Latifi vs Gina Villante full fight result, recap, replay.

UFC RECAP ROUND 1

Villante takes the center of the cage and launches heavy kicks at the body and head of Latifi, though only the body kicks connect with their target. Thirty seconds in, Latifi grabs hold of Villante’s legs and runs him against the fence, switching to an underhook and scoring a short body punch on the American.

 

Villante separates and again steps forward on “The Sledgehammer” to deliver a pair of inside leg kicks. Latifi catches the next kick and decks Villante with an overhand left, then chases him down and holds him against the fence again. Latifi lands an uppercut to the ribs before Villante is able to escape again, and now the 205ers resume striking with two minutes left in round one.

 

Another short clinch yields another good right hand for Latifi on the split. Villante has to backpedal as Latifi comes headhunting with huge punches, and they wind up back on the fence.

Latifi is doing good work in the tie-up with body shots, but once the fighters separate, Villante plants another hard leg kick on Latifi’s lead stem.

JUDGING SCOREBOARD

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Latifi
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Latifi
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Latifi

UFC RECAP ROUND 2

Villante looks to establish range early with long kicks on the shorter Latifi. “The Sledgehammer” sticks to the outside and connects with the occasional punch, but he seems to be waiting for Villante to do something.

Suddenly, Latifi explodes into a takedown and hurls Villante to the ground at the base of the fence. Villante scrambles to his feet a few seconds later without absorbing any damage, tries to jab his way into range and gets hit with a body-head combo. Latifi waits for the next leg kick from Villante and then drives the American against the fence to work for a high double-leg takedown.

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Villante widens his base, underhooks Latifi’s arms and turns himself away from the fence to escape with just over two minutes left in the round. Villante is breathing heavy as he walks forward on Latifi to land an inside leg kick. Latifi wheels around with a spinning back kick that grazes Villante’s body, then waits a few seconds and throws another.

With 45 seconds on the clock, Latifi tries another takedown on the fence, but Villante stuffs this attempt as well. Latifi stays glued to his opponent, eventually lifting Villante off the ground and slamming him to the mat for a late takedown.

JUDGING SCOREBOARD

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Latifi
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Latifi
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Latifi

UFC RECAP ROUND 3

After a tentative minute spent circling the cage, Latifi changes levels and shoots on Villante up against the cage. Villante once again fends off the Swede’s takedown attempt, and now the 205ers are back to plodding around the cage, waiting to burst forth with the occasional power punch or spinning kick.

Latifi, with his back to the fence, steps out toward the center and bombs Villante over the top with an overhand right. He shoots for the American’s legs once again and gets brushed away, but when Villante steps forward, Latifi swipes his face with a left hook.

Villante continues to suck deep breaths as he walks slowly in Latifi’s direction. Villante loads up on a big right hand, misses and gets taken down as Latifi ducks underneath.

Villante sits up against the cage and reverses Latifi, who scrambles up during the transition to finish the fight on his feet.

JUDGING SCOREBOARD

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Latifi (30-27 Latifi)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Latifi (30-27 Latifi)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Latifi (30-27 Latifi)

 

UFC OFFICIAL FIGHT RESULT

——> Ilir Latifi def. Gian Villante via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) R3 5:00

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