UFC heavyweight Chris Barnett reacted after landing an incredible spinning wheel kick KO on Gian Villante at Saturday’s UFC 268 event. Barnett was making his second UFC appearance after losing by submission to Ben Rothwell earlier this year. At 5’9″ and weighing in around the 265lbs heavyweight limit, Barnett is far from the most physically-imposing heavyweight on the UFC roster. But just because someone doesn’t have a six-pack doesn’t mean that they can’t fight. On Saturday night at UFC 268, Barnett picked up the first win of his UFC career when he landed an absolutely astonishing spinning wheel kick KO on Villante. It was an absolutely insane knockout and the fact that Barnett of all people landed the kick was beyond incredible.
New York Post
There’s no joy on Long Island for fight fans. Locals Al Iaquinta and Gian Villante both succumbed to strikes on the preliminary portion of UFC 268 at Madison Square Garden, in the first and second rounds, respectively. Iaquinta, a former lightweight title challenger, couldn’t get it going against California’s Bobby...
Chris Barnett made quite a few new fans with his performance on Saturday night at UFC 268. Taking on Gian Villante in his home state in what was already announced as the final fight of his career, Barnett uncorked a spectacular spinning wheelkick that earned him a highlight reel knockout.
Levittown's Gian Villante fought for the final time in his MMA career, facing off against heavyweight Chris Barnett at UFC 268 in Madison Square Garden on Nov. 5, 2021. Gian Villante is checked by a referee before his heavyweight match with Chris Barnett at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.
Gian Villante wanted to win his final fight, for all the reasons you’d expect: the satisfaction of victory, a nice ending to a long career and the extra paycheck. But there was another reason. He wanted to give a shoutout to his football players, the 8th graders at Salk Middle School and the varsity players at MacArthur High School in Levittown.
Gian Villante walked into his new home in Levittown and hung on the banister his drawstring bag, the contents of which contained key ingredients to his new life. He hugged his fiancée, Katie, checked in with their 22-month-old son, Gianluca, and tended to their two-week-old daughter, Joey. Throw in a few pets of the family dog, Murphy, to complete this portrait of family life.
Chris Barnett picked up his first win inside the Octagon in style by landing a gorgeous wheel kick on Gian Villante and then finishing him off with punches.
Gian Villante will make his eighteenth walk to the Octagon this Saturday night (Nov. 6, 2021) to face Chris Barnett in a Heavyweight bout at the UFC 268 pay-per-view (PPV) event in New York City. And it will be his last, too. The long-time veteran has announced that he will...
After his first fight at Madison Square Garden, veteran UFC heavyweight Gian Villante says he’ll call it a career. Villante, who at UFC 268 faces Chris Barnett, announced to Newsday he will retire following the pay-per-view event on Saturday in New York City. The 36-year-old New Yorker has lost his...
Gian Villante walked into his new home in Levittown and hung on the bannister his drawstring bag, the contents of which contained key ingredients to his new life. He hugged his fiancée, Katie, checked in with their 22-month-old son, Gianluca, and tended to their two-week-old daughter, Joey. Throw in a few pets of the family dog, Murphy, to complete this portrait of family life.
Levittown's Gian Villante has been an MMA fighter for more than 10 years. His heavyweight fight against Chris Barnett at UFC 268 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 6, 2021, will be his last fight. Credit: Newsday / Mark La Monica, Reece T. Williams.