American Top Team black belt Danillo Villefort is the latest fighter to be transferred from the WEC’s now-defunct welterweight division and into the UFC’s 170 pound weight class.
“I’m pretty happy and I’ve just signed a six fight deal,” the native Brazilian confirmed. “My dad is here (in Florida) and I just told him and he’s so happy. I just want to fight now and represent my team and my family.”
For Villefort, getting the call to compete in the Octagon is a realization of a longtime dream.
“(Competing in the UFC) is not just a dream, it’s the dream,” said Villefort. “My first exposure to the UFC was when Vitor Belfort fought (in the organization) a long time ago. Since that time I’ve had the dream and now that dream is coming true.”
Villefort is 9-2 since making his MMA debut in April of 2005, winning via armbar submission against BetoBeto while competing in the Conquista Fight Promotion in Brazil.
Currently on a five fight win streak, Villefort is also a one-time veteran of the International Fight League in addition to the WEC. He was signed by the IFL after being discovered during its New York tryout camp in October of 2007.
After going through a series of grappling and kickboxing drills, Villefort was asked by IFL officials to demonstrate his wares during a full contact fight. However, with a fight scheduled just one week later in Florida Villefort was initially cautious. But when told not fighting could prevent him from becoming a draft finalist, Villefort showed little hesistancy in climbing into the ring.
Villefort not only won his IFL qualifying bout but defeated Todd Carney the following weekend at World Fighting Championships 5 after recording a TKO due to punches at 1:31 of round 2.
Villefort made his official IFL debut last May in Connecticut against current UFC middleweight prospect Mike Massenzio. Despite entering the fight as the underdog, Villefort won after forcing Massenzio to tap to a kneebar at 3:25 of round 1.
Soon after the IFL folded, Villefort was signed by the WEC. He debut for the promotion was at WEC 38 this past January, where he recorded a first round TKO over Mike Campbell.