UFC FN 43: Anthony Perosh Withdrawing, Gian Villante to Fight Sean O’Connell
By FCF Staff
The UFC’s first trip to New Zealand will not feature Australia’s Anthony Perosh after all, as the promotion has announced the light-heavyweight is withdrawing from the June 28th event. As a result, Sean O’Connell has agreed to step in and face Perosh’s scheduled opponent, Gian Villante.
No details regarding the nature of Perosh’s injury were disclosed.
Villante (11-5) will be looking to rebound from a decision loss to Fabio Maldonado in March, after he stopped Cody Donovan in November.
O’Connell (11-5) is coming off a defeat in his Octagon debut, as he was knocked out by Ryan Jimmo at the TUF Nations Finale in April. Prior to that the light-heavyweight had won six straight.
UFC FN 43 will be hosted by Auckland’s Vector Arena, and will feature James Te Huna taking on Nate Marquardt in the main event.