Gian Villante and Ovince St. Preux were expected to be decent additions to the light heavyweight roster, coming over from Strikeforce. After their fight Saturday night, expectations will probably be, reasonably, a lot lower. Continuing in our theme of injury marred fights, St. Preux and Villante fought for two lackluster rounds before an eye poke forced the early stoppage.
St. Preux was winning the fight for as much of a fight as there had been, but he was flagging badly when his ill advised swipe stuck Villante in the eye. The fight went to a technical decision for which St. Preux was given the win, based on his two rounds of control-fighting. The result, Ovince St. Preux defeated Gian Villante by technical-majority decision (30–28, 30–29, 29–29).
Everything. From the sloppy striking, to the badly gassed fighters in the second round, to the terrible fight ending eye poke this fight was a mess. Add in the strange decision to insta-stop the fight when Villante complained that he couldn't see (as the result of a foul that Mulhall missed), and you have something that would make the most diehard fan question his devotion to the sport.
For Villante, I have to hope this doesn't mean getting cut. He wasn't impressive at all, but nobody should go out like this. If he does stay I'd give him Edinaldo Oliveira when "The Squid" makes his next appearance.
For St. Preux he backed up the theory that he's hype misplaced. He won this fight but he really didn't look good doing it. Give him the winner of Fabio Maldonado vs. Roger Hollett.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Never. Never. Never. If we as a collective forget this fight every happened, we'll all be happier for it.