For a few moments at UFC on FOX 25, it looked like Chris Weidman was about to lose his fourth straight. But, ultimately the former middleweight champ prevailed over the heavy hitting, Kelvin Gastelum.
Weidman took on the rising middleweight in the card’s headliner, which took place in Long Island, New York. Early on, Gastelum sent the New York fighter crashing to the mat with a booming left, but Weidman managed to recover and make it out of the round.
Weidman’s wrestling, however, started to take over the fight, as he was able to take Gastelum down repeatedly. Although the former welterweight kept getting to his feet, Weidman’s confidence appeared to grow as the fight wore on. Then, in round three, Weidman planted some hard punches of his own and took Gastelum to the floor once again. Not long after, Weidman moved into an arm-triangle-choke, and eventually forced Gastelum to tap.
It was a massive win for Weidman, who was coming off losses to Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero and Gegard Mousasi. Gastelum, meanwhile, had gone undefeated in three straight bouts heading into tonight, and was coming off impressive performances against Tim Kennedy and Vitor Belfort.
Here are the completed results for UFC on FOX 25, which was hosted by the Nassau Coliseum.
Chris Weidman def. Kelvin Gastelum via submission (arm-triangle-choke) R3, 3:45
Darren Elkins def. Dennis Bermudez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Patrick Cummins def. Gian Villante via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jimmie Rivera def. Thomas Almeida via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-27)
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Lyman Good via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Alex Oliveira def. Ryan LaFlare via knockout (punch) R2, 1:50
Chase Sherman def. Damian Grabowski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
Jeremy Kennedy def. Kyle Bochniak via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Marlon Vera def. Brian Kelleher via submission (armbar) R1, 2:18
Junior Albini def. Timothy Johnson via knockout (punches) R1, 2:51
Shane Burgos def. Godofredo Pepey via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)
Chris Wade def. Frankie Perez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)