Wantagh native and MacArthur HS graduate Gian Villante will soon be fighting in the top mixed martial arts promotion in the world.
Villante, a former standout wrestler and football player at MacArthur, has been signed by the Ultimate Fighting
Championship (UFC) after previously competing on Strikeforce, according
to a report from mmafighting.com.
2002 Thorpe Award winner as the top football player in Nassau
County who went on to have a successful career as a linebacker at
Hofstra, is one of 20 Strikeforce fighter headed to UFC.
on Strikeforce, Villante went 10-3 in the light heavyweight division of
The 6-2 205-pound Villante trains at Bellmore Kickboxing Academy
under Keith Trimble, a former head coach with the New York Clash in the
World Combat League.