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 conflict with New York native Chris Weidman trying to finish an ugly string of conflicts against Kelvin Gastelum.
The rest of the card features several interesting fights for some hard-core fans. Keep a watch on Jimmie Rivera vs Thomas Almeida, which has serious struggle of the nighttime potential.
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 in the game who’ll push forward behind a stable, if sometimes loose jab. Weidman likes to throw kicks and he will do this at all 3 levels with a preference toward the midsection. The biggest issue is his tendency to move in a straight line, both backward and forward.
This pressure helps Weidman push his competitor to the cage in which he can start to perform his fighting match. He will throw diverse attacks in the clinch and this helps open up his wrestling. A former D1 wrestler, Weidman’s takedown method is eloquent and he uses it both defensively and offensively. Once he’s on the mat, then you can really see Weidman glow with his combination of wrestling ability along with his black belt in BJJ.
Gastelum (-170) gets the speed and aggression in the striking section to help conquer his size disadvantage . He overwhelms his opponent with volume and will always probe with his jab. He is primarily a fighter at the standup game but his feet are just as dangerous due to his pace and movement. Combining this strain together with his ability to keep his lead foot on the exterior makes Gastelum lethal on the toes.
Gastelum’s athleticism assists considerably in his wrestling game, as his takedowns are mostly based in an opportunistic explosion. That doesn’t help with his shield, as he is far from the top defensively. Gastelum has always had difficulty against high quality wrestlers which could only grow given the leap up to middleweight.
This is an interesting fight for the future of this 185-pound branch. The branch is deep with talent however one of both of these fighters can be considered elite moving forward. That having been said, Weidman and Gastelum are likely two wins away from a title shot with the branch being congested.
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