It looks like Father Time can wait a little longer before he ends Mauricio Rua’s career as the Pride legend took care of business in the co-feature. Though “Shogun” was rocked in the first and second rounds from Gian Villante left hooks, the all-time great knockout artist utilized timely hooks upstairs behind wicked jabs.
Both light heavyweights were swinging for the fences from the start, but Villante’s lack of head movement cost him dearly. An overhand right to the dome buckled the New Yorker’s knees and when Villante stumbled into the cage, “Shogun” tore into his head and body until he crumbled in a heap. Referee Mario Yamasaki had no choice but to intervene just 59 seconds into the third (online betting).