The UFC sets up shop in Long Island, New York for the first time in history That weekend for UFC on Fox 25.
The main event features an intriguing middleweight battle with New York native Chris Weidman trying to finish an ugly string of conflicts against Kelvin Gastelum.
The remaining portion of the card features several fun fights for some hard-core fans. Keep a watch on Jimmie Rivera vs Thomas Almeida, which has serious struggle of the night possible.
Weidman (+140), the former UFC middleweight champion, is needing a triumph in this bout to prove he belongs among the division’s elite. ‘The All-American’ is a pressure-based fighter at the game who’ll push ahead behind a stable, if occasionally loose jab. Weidman likes to throw kicks and he will do so at all three levels with a preference toward the waist. The largest issue is his tendency to move in a straight line, both forward and backward.
This stress helps Weidman push his competitor to the cage in which he could start to perform his grappling game. He’ll throw varied strikes in the clinch and this helps open up his wrestling. A former D1 wrestler, Weidman’s takedown method is smooth and he also uses it both defensively and offensively. When he’s on the mat, you really can see Weidman glow with his combination of wrestling ability along with his black belt in BJJ.
Gastelum (-170) gets the aggression and speed in the striking department to assist overcome his size disadvantage at middleweight. He overwhelms his competitor with quantity and will constantly probe with his jab. He is primarily a fighter at the standup game but his toes are just as dangerous as a result of his pace and motion. Combining this strain together with his ability to maintain his lead foot on the outside leaves Gastelum lethal on the toes.
Gastelum’s athleticism helps greatly in his wrestling game, as his takedowns are largely based in an opportunistic explosion. That will not assist with his defense, as he’s far from the best defensively. Gastelum has had trouble against high-quality wrestlers which may just grow given the leap up to middleweight.
This is an intriguing fight for the future of this 185-pound branch. The branch is deep with talent but one of both of these fighters can be considered elite moving ahead. That being said, Weidman and Gastelum are likely two wins away from a title taken with the division being so congested.
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