A light heavyweight fight that was supposed to go down in upstate New York this past December now will take place on Long Island this summer.
Long Island’s own Gian Villante (15-8 MMA, 5-5 UFC) will take on Patrick Cummins (9-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) when the UFC heads back to New York for UFC on FOX 25. The bout was reported by Long Island-based Newsday.com, though it hasn’t been officially announced by the promotion..
UFC on FOX 25 takes place at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., on Long Island, on July 22. The main card will air on FOX following prelims expected for FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The event continues the UFC’s virtual takeover of New York after legislation was passed to legalize MMA in the state in 2016. This past November, the UFC was in Madison Square Garden in New York City. In December, it hit the state capital of Albany. UFC 208 took place in February in Brooklyn. And earlier this month, UFC 210 was in Buffalo.
Villante and Cummins were set to meet at UFC Fight Night 102 in Albany in December. But a week before the fight, Cummins had to pull out with a nasty staph infection. Villante stayed on the card and took out newcomer Saparbek Safarov with a second-round TKO in a “Fight of the Night” winner. In March, though, he headed back to the loss column when he was stopped with a third-round TKO by Mauricio Rua at UFC Fight Night 106 in Brazil. Villante has alternated wins and losses for his past six fights.
After Cummins rebounded from the staph infection, he booked a fight with Jan Blachowicz at UFC 210 earlier this month. He struggled early, but went on to win a majority decision to get back in the win column after a two-fight skid and losses of three of his past four – though those setbacks came to some pretty big names in Ovince Saint Preux, Glover Teixeira and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, all by knockout.view original article >>