In his sixteenth UFC battle, Gian Villante is venturing into the Octagon as a heavyweight just because.
The long-term 205er is planned to battle veteran Ben Rothwell at UFC 249 on April 18 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, as indicated by a report from Newsday.
Villante last contended at heavyweight during his time with the Strikeforce advancement in 2011. In his last excursion in the division, he lost by first-round Technical knockout to Chad Griggs and in this manner came back to light heavyweight where he has contended since. The 34-year-old New Yorker has exchanged successes and misfortunes in his last five appearances, most as of late losing by first-round Technical knockout to Michal Oleksiejczuk in February 2019.
For “Huge Ben,” this will be his fourteenth heavyweight session in the UFC, where he is 7-6 up until this point. Rothwell, 38, snapped a three-battle losing slide in December with a second-round Technical knockout of Stefan Struve.