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New Zealand, new opponent for Gian Villante

Gian Villante, at bottom, practices jiu-jitsu with William

Gian Villante, at bottom, practices jiu-jitsu with William Bottone at the Serra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Levittown on March 11, 2014. (Credit: Newsday / Chuck Fadely)

An injury caused Anthony Perosh to pull out of his June 28 fight in New Zealand, leaving the UFC's Gian Villante opponent-less for a bit.

In steps Sean O'Connell to replace Perosh on the UFC Fight Night card, the UFC announced Tuesday.

O'Connell (15-5) debuted in the UFC in March and was knocked out in the first round by Ryan Jimmo.

Villante (11-5, 1-2 UFC), from Levittown, is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Fabio Maldonado in Brazil.

James Te Huna and Nate Marquart headline the card, which will air on UFC Fight Pass in the U.S.

Tags: gian villante , ufc fight night , long island , anthony perosh , sean o'connell

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