The first fight of UFC 167 was expected to be a slugfest, and it lived up to things. Light heavyweights Cody Donovan was getting the better of his opponent Gian Villante over the first five minutes, but Villante came out a little better in the second. After establishing his rhythm, he scored with a perfectly-timed punch to put Donovan down and pick up the TKO victory. The finish came at 1:22 of round 2.
Villante scored with two uppercuts seconds after the fight was started, while Donovan responded with a straight right of his own. Donovan looked to work his jab and throw some leg kicks. Donovan scored with a high kick that staggered Villante. The right continued to land for Donovan and he was in control for the first three minutes. Donovan scored with a body kick but Villante took it to the mat. Villante let him up after some GnP. Donovan went back to working the jab and landed a nice left to close it out.
Villante looked a little better early in the second but neither man was able to gain an advantage. Donovan scored with the jab, but ate an uppercut. Both men threw at the same time and landed, but Villante was a split second faster with a punch than Donovan could score with the head kick, and Cody went down. Villante proceeded to pound him out and force the stoppage.
The win evens Villante's UFC record at 1-1, while Donovan dropped to 1-2.