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Gian Villante vs. Patrick Cummins in the works for UFC Albany

(Photo by Esther Lin/Forza LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

(Photo by Esther Lin/Forza LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

After being forced to withdraw from the stacked UFC 205 card at Madison Square Garden in November due to injury, UFC Light Heavyweight Gian Villante is in talks to be heading to the state capital to face Patrick Cummins at UFC Fight Night at the Times Union Center on December 9th in Albany, New York, according to

#13 ranked Cummins (8-4) is coming off a TKO loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueria at UFC 198. #15 ranked Villante (14-7) is also coming off a loss via unanimous decision to Ilir Latifi at UFC 196.

The 205-pound match up has yet to be officially announced by the UFC.

Villante is among a strong roster of UFC fighters based out of New York including Chris Weidman, Aljamain Sterling and Dennis Bermudez, who fought to bring the sport to the Empire State. This will be the first fight in the state’s capital, but second in New York following UFC 205 in NYC three weeks prior.


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