Gian Villante Says He'd Welcome a Rematch With Ovince St. Preux
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.20.2014
He'd love to do it...
Gian Villante recently spoke about a potential rematch with Ovince St. Preux, his fight with Fabio Maldonado at UFC Fight Night 38 and more. Check out the highlights:
On a rematch with Ovince St. Preux: "I'd love to do it. I think they want to build guys like us up again. It's the time for us young guys to get in there and make some waves ourselves...I think we're both the new blood in the division. They've had a lot of that old blood up there for a while in the top-10. A lot of those guys are either down to 185 (pounds) now or fighting in two different weight classes, or on their way out, no offense. The main guys Sunday night, (Dan Henderson and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua), those guys are in their 40s or close to it and have 40 fights. I think they want to get that new blood in there. I don't know if they want us to be fighting each other; I don't know what their plan is. I'm sure they have a master plan."
On whether he'll take Maldonado down: "I've never gone into a fight thinking, ‘I've got to wrestle this guy to win.' I know he's more known for his standup, but I don't think my standup is any slouch. So whatever it takes. If it's there, I'll use it. I'm thinking, beat him up, and if an opportunity presents itself, I'll take it. But I'm not thinking takedown, takedown, takedown."
On Maldonado: "He brings some things to the table that are fun. I trained for a war, so it's the best I've felt as far as being able to go without stopping for 15 minutes. I can throw for 15 minutes straight."
On St. Preux: "I'd love to fight him again. The guy left on crutches. I was fine. He left on crutches, I had a bloodshot eye, and I lost the fight. The guy couldn't walk; I was beating the hell out of his legs. He was dead tired. In the third round, if I didn't finish him, I know I win it in most of the judges' scorecards. I would have won 2-1. It was just a crazy, weird, I don't know."