Having survived 'meat night,' WSOF 5's Danillo Villefort ready for Dave Branch


If you were to visit the Blackzilians’ training facility during the week, you probably wouldn’t see a whole lot of action. But on Friday nights you can expect to see a knockout.

Just ask Danillo Villefort, who was one of the first members of the famed MMA team, whose ranks include UFC vets Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Alistair Overeem and several other top fighters. Hard sparring is a way of life on the weekends.

Three months ago, Villefort took on K-1 star and current Blackzilian Tyrone Spong for what he calls “meat night,” where training partners bite down on their mouthpieces and start winging full-speed punches.

“Before we moved to the new gym (in Boca Raton, Fla.), I was sparring Tyrone with MMA gloves,” Villefort told MMAjunkie.com Radio. “Tyrone’s level is so high that when I go 100 percent, for him, it might be 20 or 30 percent for him. He was going really hard on me, and I was like, ‘F–k, man, I’ve got to fight back,’ and then I was looking at the floor (thinking), ‘What the f–k.’ Then I realized that I was out.”

“I stood up and he said, ‘No, take a breather.’ (I said), ‘No, let’s go now, man. F–k it, I’m going to try and knock you out.’ Then he dropped me again, and I ended up in the hospital.”

This past Friday, Villefort (14-4) eased up on the sparring. After all, getting knocked out on a weekly basis isn’t exactly conducive to skill-building, or keeping brain cells, for that matter. But the Brazilian also needs all his wits for an upcoming bout with Dave Branch (12-3) at World Series of Fighting 5, which takes place Saturday at Revel Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J. The event’s main-card airs live on NBC Sports Network following prelims on NBCSports.com.

With so much intense training to fall back on, Villefort is sure he’ll be the one delivering knockdowns when the two meet in Atlantic City.

“I’m going to knock this guy out,” he said. “Just watch.”

Villefort and Branch meet in the opening round of a four-man middleweight tournament that will crown the first WSOF 185-pound champ. Both fighters are UFC vets looking to rebuild momentum with the upstart promotion. Branch is 4-1 since leaving the industry-leader, while Villefort is 5-1.

“He’s a jiu-jitsu guy,” Villefort said of his opponent. “He comes from a great academy – Renzo Gracie in New York. I respect that a lot, but I believe in my pedigree. I’m not afraid to go to the ground. If we go to the ground, I’m going to try to finish. If I don’t finish the fight, it’s not because I don’t want to. I always try. I respect his black belt, but I’m going forward. But I’m not going to try to defend myself. I’m going to try to finish.”

In the case of Spong, that approach didn’t work out too well. But after some time to recover, Villefort is ready for another “meat night.”

“I go through hell [at the Blackzilians gym] every day,” he said. “When you look around, there’s no easy training. When you look to one side, you see Thiago Alves. When you look to the other side, you see Rashad Evans. That’s what I like; I like to train very hard. I’m very comfortable with how I train.”

For more on World Series of Fighting 5, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie.com Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, MMAjunkie.com lead staff reporter John Morgan and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

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

Related News

  • 14 days ago
  • 0 views

For more than seven years, welterweight Jon Fitch built a reputation as one of the UFC's toughest fighters. He fought a who's who of the world's best at 170 pounds—and beat almost all of them. Over t read news >>

  • 13 days ago
  • 18 views

WSOF featherweight champion Rick Glenn discusses his upcoming title defence against Lance Palmer, training at Roufusport, and the difficult work-train-parent cycle. Overlooked in the discussion of Wo read news >>

  • 13 days ago
  • 3 views

Sheymon Moraes had his first World Series of Fighting opponent changed twice, but he doesn’t care. Moraes, a 6-0 bantamweight prospect from Team Nogueira in Rio de Janeiro, faces Gabriel Solorio at S read news >>

  • 12 days ago
  • 121 views

At the WSOF 16 weigh-ins, all 26 fighters taking part in Saturday night's WSOF 16 fights will step on the scale Friday afternoon, and we'll have the live video here at MMAFighting.com.In the main eve read news >>

  • 12 days ago
  • 5 views

WSOF 16: "Palhares vs. Fitch" takes place tomorrow night (Sat., Dec. 13, 2014) at the McClellan Conference Center in Sarcamento, California. Two WSOF titles are on the line as Rousimar Palhares defen read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 211 views

Last night (Sat., Dec. 13, 2014) was a quick night for Welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares, who needed just 1.5 minutes to defend his 170-pound strap for the first time against fellow Ultimate Fi read news >>

  • 4 days ago
  • 0 views

By now, the UFC is established enough in Brazil that most MMA fans have heard just how hard it is for outsiders to go there and get a win. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 3 days ago
  • 17 views

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida proved he is still a top contender in the middleweight division, taking out CB Dollaway in just 62 seconds via body kick this past Saturday night ( read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 33 views

For Rory MacDonald, fighting longtime friend and training partner Georges St-Pierre would be the same as stabbing him in the back. On paper, a potential UFC title fight between St-Pierre and MacDonal read news >>

Jump to: