UFC on FOX 25

UFC on FOX 25: Weidman earns Strong Island submission win over Kelvin Gastelum

Hometown hero Chris Weidman made his Long Island debut a successful one as he earned a third-round submission win over Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC on FOX 25.

Weidman used his reach on the feet and his grappling to control Gastelum on the ground. Gastelum however, found effective pockets of striking, including a quick right hand that almost finished the fight late in the first round.

Weidman recovered in the second round to revert to his wrestling and force Gastelum on the defensive, cinching in an arm triangle in the third round.

In case you missed the prelims:

CHRIS WADE DEF FRANKIE PEREZ VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

SHANE BURGOS DEF GODOFREDO PEPEY VIAUD (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)

JUNIOR ALBINI DEF TIMOTHY JOHNSON VIA TKO R1 2:51

MARLON VERA DEF BRIAN KELLEHER VIA SUBMISSION R1 2:18

JEREMY KENNEDY DEF KYLE BOCHNIAK VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

CHASE SHERMAN DEF DAMIAN GRABOWSKI VIA UD (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)

ALEX OLIVEIRA DEF RYAN LAFLARE VS VIA TKO R2 1:50

ERYK ANDERS VS RAFAEL NATAL VIA TKO R1 2:54

ELIZEU ZALESKI DOS SANTOS DEF LYMAN GOOD VIA SD (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

MAIN CARD 

#4 JIMMIE RIVERA  VS #9 THOMAS ALMIEDA 

WINNER: JIMMIE RIVERA VIA UD (30-26, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JIMMIE RIVERA VIA UD

Andrews: A fantastic fight, but the Rivera’s technical prowess overcome the heart and bombs of Almieda.

#12 PATRICK CUMMINS VS #13 GIAN VILLANTE 

WINNER: PATRICK CUMMINS VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: PATRICK CUMMINS VIA UD

Andrews: Cummins out struck Villante and used the threat of a takedown disrupt the rhythm and tire out Gian. A disappointing performance for the hometown hero.

#10 DENNIS BERMUDEZ VS #12 DARREN ELKINS 

WINNER: DARREN ELKINS VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DARREN ELKINS VIA UD

Andrews: A battle of wrestling and Elkins won early and held on in the third as Bermudez found his striking. Not a barnburner, but a tactical fight.

MAIN EVENT

#5 CHRIS WEIDMAN VS #8 KELVIN GASTELUM

WINNER: CHRIS WEIDMAN VIA SUBMISSION R3 3:45

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KELVIN GASTELUM VIA TKO

Andrews: Gastelum nearly ended the fight late in the first round, but give Weidman credit as he rebounded to use his wrestling and control Gastelum on the ground to work for the arm triangle.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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