UFC on Fox 25 Full Fights Replay
The UFC heads back to New York for today’s UFC on FOX 25. While this is the promotion’s 5th journey to the Empire State in 8 months, it is the UFC’s first check out to NYCB LIVE at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale. Unsurprisingly, the card is packed with local fighters, consisting of previous middleweight champ and Long Island native Chris Weidman, who competes in the headlining bout opposite Kelvin Gastelum.
Weidman is under substantial pressure. Not just is he fighting simply a brief drive from his house, but he’s also mired in the worst stretch of his profession, losing his last 3 battles, with his two latest problems taking place in New York. When it comes to Gastelum, a triumph over the former champ would do marvels for his rising profile at 185 pounds.
In the co-main occasion, Darren Elkins, who will be up for some end-of-the-year awards thanks to his gritty come-from-behind success over Mirsad Bektic, seeks to carry the momentum from that March fight into his match against Dennis Bermudez.
UFC on FOX 25 airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
On May 10, 2015, Robert Whittaker defended the 2nd time at middleweight. Thirteen days later, Weidman protected that weight division’s title for the third time, knocking out Vitor Belfort. Today, Whittaker is 7-0 at 185 pounds and the current interim champ. Weidman is 0-3 given that beating Belfort, losing each battle by knockout. The former champ has dropped to No. 8 over that time, according to the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings.
Weidman (13-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) aims to end his slide and take a couple of steps up the rankings versus No. 13 ranked Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC), who might establish himself as a leading middleweight contender with a win.
Gastelum is coming off a first-round TKO victory over Belfort. That win was later on ruled a no-contest after Gastelum failed a fight-day drug test for carboxy-tetrahydrocannabinol or “THC,” a metabolite discovered in cannabis.
UFC Fight Night 113 Full Fight Card
(All Times Eastern Standard Time).
Fox Main Card (8 p.m.).
Middleweight: Chris Weidman vs. Kelvin Gastelum.
Featherweight: Dennis Bermudez vs. Darren Elkins.
Light heavyweight: Patrick Cummins vs. Gian Villante.
Bantamweight: Jimmie Rivera vs. Thomas Almeida.
Fox Preliminary Card (6 pm.).
Welterweight Lyman Good vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos.
Middleweight: Rafael Natal vs. Eryk Anders.
Welterweight Ryan LaFlare vs. Alex Oliveira.
Heavyweight Damian Grabowski vs. Chase Sherman.
Battle Pass Preliminary Card (4 pm.)
Featherweight: Kyle Bochniak vs. Jeremy Kennedy.
Bantamweight: Brian Kelleher vs. Marlon Vera.
Heavyweight: Timothy Johnson vs. Júnior Albini.
Featherweight Shane Burgos vs. Godofredo Pepey.
Lightweight: Chris Wade vs. Frankie Perez.