gian-villante-5.jpgGian Villante needed just 10 seconds – just 10 seconds to shake off an accidental eye poke and get back into his fight at Saturday’s UFC 159 event.

Instead, Villante (10-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) honestly answered that he couldn’t see at that exact moment, and his light-heavyweight bout with fellow Strikeforce import Ovince St. Preux (13-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was instantly waved off.

The result, which aired on the FX-televised preliminary card, prompted a chorus of boos from the crowd at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Throughout the first round, St. Preux often swung wildly, and Villante sensed some of the open-hand strikes could be dangerous. But he said he couldn’t imagine referee Kevin Mulhall would so quickly wave off the fight after he got poked just 33 seconds into the second round.

“He’s just looking at me and not saying a word,” Villante told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “Ovince knows he poked me, I know he poked me, but the ref, I guess, was watching the girl in the third row. I don’t know. I couldn’t see for a second. I just blinked my eye to try to get some fluid back in there. I would have been fine 30 seconds later. I thought I had five minutes. All I needed was 10 seconds. But they ended it.”

While Mulhall was slow to even acknowledge Villante needed a timeout, he quickly stopped the bout after asking the fighter if he could see. Villante answered honestly and said he couldn’t, which he figured would give him some recovery time. But Mulhall went with a strict interpretation of the rules, and unlike groin shots, eye pokes don’t allow for up to five minutes to recover.

“He just ended the fight right there,” he said. “I don’t know what was I supposed to say. And if I did know what to say, I’m in the middle of a fight. I’m not going to think, ‘What is the exact rule on what to say when you get poked in the eye?’ I’m going to say exactly how I feel. I can’t see for this second, but give me a second, and I’ll be all right.”

Despite the unfortunate ending, Villante, who saw a three-fight win streak snapped, said he holds no ill will toward St. Preux.

“It’s not like he did it intentionally,” Villante said. “I don’t think anything like that. I guess I poked him (in the eye) the round before, and the ref still was just looking at him. I’m not just going to hit him while the ref is looking at him. It’s just so weird.

“He did the same thing to me. When he poked me, he know he poked me, and he stopped me. And the ref just looked at us. I don’t know what we’re supposed to say.”

After the fight, Villante said he felt more disappointment than anger or resentment. He now knows that the Unified Rules of MMA essentially prompted the referee to handle the situation like he did.

“I don’t know how to feel really,” he said. “I guess you feel like you got screwed, but I don’t know exactly by who. It’s weird. It’s a weird feeling.”

And as for a rematch, Villante said he’s certainly open to it. He doesn’t feel any hostility toward St. Preux, but he also doesn’t want a loss to go on his resume that’s unavenged.

“If that’s going to count as a loss, hell yeah I want one,” he said. “If that’s a loss, I a million percent want one. But I don’t see how it’s a loss.”

For complete coverage of UFC 159, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Video: Watch UFC 189's Conor McGregor tap out to Joseph Duffy at CFWC 39 ... in 38 seconds

  • 18 days ago
  • 161 views

Video: Before Conor McGregor steps into the cage to face Chad Mendes at UFC 189 on July 11, 2015, for the interim featherweight title, take a look back at the last time "Notorious" tasted defeat, tap read news >>

Invicta FC 13 Recap: Cyborg Dominates Again

  • 19 days ago
  • 40 views

Another fight, another foe turned away with the quickness by Cris Cyborg. Just 45 seconds into the opening round, referee Steve Mazzagatti was stepping in to wave Thursday night’s Invicta FC read news >>

Invicta FC 13 results recap: Cris Cyborg smashes Faith Van Duin in 45 seconds, tells Ronda Rousey to 'stop running'

  • 19 days ago
  • 331 views

"Cyborg" retained the Invicta FC featherweight title after defeating Faith Van Duin by TKO in the first round. Tonya Evinger finished Irene Aldana by TKO in fourth round to win the vacant bantamweigh read news >>

Invicta FC 13 results: Cris ‘Cyborg’ destroys Faith Van Duin in 45 seconds, calls out Ronda Rousey

  • 19 days ago
  • 957 views

LAS VEGAS -- Another title fight, another absolute destruction. In what is becoming a familiar refrain, Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino defended her Invicta FC featherweight title with a sub-one-minute kn read news >>

Invicta FC 13 Results: Cris Cyborg wins in 45 seconds, calls out Ronda Rousey

  • 19 days ago
  • 3249 views

Cris Cyborg took on Faith Van Duin on the main event of Invicta FC 13. Invicta FC 13 was headlined by a featherweight title defense from Cris Cyborg as took on Faith Van Duin. As expected, the domina read news >>

Marina Shafir knocked out by Amber Leibrock in 37 seconds at Invicta FC 13

  • 19 days ago
  • 168 views

Marina Shafir's Invicta debut went very fast -- and not in a good way. Ronda Rousey's best friend was finished by TKO in just 37 seconds by debuting Amber Leibrock at Invicta FC 13 on Thursday night read news >>

Angela Magana describes thought process behind controversial Twitter persona

  • 19 days ago
  • 2 views

LAS VEGAS -- Angela Magana talks about her controversial Twitter persona, fighting Michelle Waterson at the TUF 21 Finale, why she feels like she's the best in the world and much more. read news >>

Jose Aldo passed controversial out-of-competition UFC 189 test

  • 22 days ago
  • 3 views

Jose Aldo was negative for steroids and other performance-enhancers after a botched out-of-competition test conducted this past month by the NSAC in connection with Saturday’s UFC 189.Filed under: Ne read news >>

Jose Aldo’s Controversial Out-of-Competition Drug Test Comes Back Clean

  • 22 days ago
  • 7 views

Following a bit of controversy surrounding the collection of an out-of-competition drug test sample, Jose Aldo has returned a clean drug test result. read news >>

Ken Shamrock Exclusive: On UFC, Legacy and His Controversial Kimbo Slice Fight

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

There will be thousands of televised mixed martial arts fights this year. Between the UFC's ever-expanding schedule, Bellator's ascendance on Spike TV and the rotating collection of promotions featur read news >>