UFC on Fox: Weidman VS Gastelum Preview

This is an event that takes place July 22nd 2017. Lets take a closer look at the fight card for this event. The main event featuring former Middleweight champion Chris Weidman taking on a top contender, Kelvin Gastelum.

Chris Weidman ( 13 – 3 ) VS Kelvin Gastelum ( 13 – 2 – 1 )

Former Middleweight Champ Chris Weidman takes on Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of this card. Since winning the title and being  undefeated, Chris is on a 3 fight losing streak. His last one came against Gegard Mousasi, in bizarre fashion. New York is still going through some growing pains when it comes to hosting MMA fights. Chris is currently the 5th ranked fighter in the middleweight divison.

Kelvin Gastelum had his last win over Vitor Belfot changed to a no contest, originally it was a TKO victory for Kelvin. A positive test for THC ( Weed ) is the reason for the no contest. Kelvin is a top contender even though he’s not currently ranked. He had a great run at welterweight but some failed weight cuts led to fighting at middleweight. A win over Chris would be big for him.

Dennis Bermudez ( 16 – 6 ) VS Darren Elkins ( 22 – 5 )

Dennis Bermudez is 2 – 3 in his last five fights, losing his last fight by knock out at the hands of Chan Sung Jung, back in February. Dennis is currently the 10th ranked featherweight in the UFC divison.

Darren Elkins is currently the 11th ranked fighter in the featherweight division. He is on a 4 fight win streak, no easy task in the UFC. A win over Dennis will keep his momentum going and give him an opportunity to get a shot at one of the fighters ranked in the top ten of the division. 

Patrick Cummins ( 9 – 4 ) VS Gian Villante ( 15 – 8 )

Patrick Cummins is currently the 11th ranked fighter in the light heavyweight division. He is 2 – 3 in his last 5, winning his last one against Jan Blachowicz by decision at UFC 210.

Gian Villante is currently the 13th ranked fighter in the light heavyweight division. He is also 2 – 3 in his last 5. Losing his last one to Maurício Rua by TKO.  

Jimmie Rivera ( 20 – 1 ) VS Thomas Almeida ( 22 – 1 )

This is a fight between two guys who don’t lose often.A fight between two guys both ranked in the top ten. Jimmie Rivera is currently the 5th ranked guy in the bantamweight division. The last time this guy lost was back in 2008. His second career MMA fight. He is riding a four fight winning streak in the UFC, Beating Urijah Faber in his last one at UFC 203.

Thomas Almeida is currenty the 9th ranked guy in the bantamweight division. His only loss coming at the hands of bantamweight champion, Cody Garbrandt. He is 4 – 1 in the UFC, all four wins coming by KO. All four wins earning him a performance bonus, what a fun guy to watch.

Rumble Johnson and Chris Weidman both to file appeal’s to NYSAC

Well UFC 210 has come and gone, but not without controversy. As many of you already know, Daniel Cormier weighed in at 206.4. After DC stepped off the scale, He left the weigh-in area for less than three minutes, then returned and weighed in at 205.

During the second weigh-in attempt, Daniel Cormier grabbed the towel that was being held up in front of him. DC has said that he was grabbing the towel to hide his junk and that it had no effect on the weigh-in.

Earlier this week a video came out with two professional fighters who did a demonstration showing that grabbing the towel could actually effect the weigh-in, helping to hide some weight.

Johnson’s manager Ali Abdelaziz, told ESPN that the Johnson camp will file a complaint with the New York State Athletic Commission “sometime this week” and that he had informed UFC President Dana White of their intentions to do so, before the fight.

“I understand New York is new to regulating mixed martial arts, but they’ve been doing boxing for a long time,” Abelaziz added. “Everybody is trying to sweep this under the rug, but it’s not going to happen.”

Now to switch gears. Former middleweight champ Chris Weidman is also filling an appeal with the New York State Athletic Commision. Chris went up against Gegard Mousasi. The fight ended in the second round in one of the weirdest endings we have seen in the UFC.

The ref called for a pause in action in the second round. Chris ate a couple knees that were deemed illegal, after calling pause and telling Wiedman he has 5 minutes to recover, the ref left the cage only to return moments later telling Wiedman it was actually a legal knee.

This was very strange because they told Chris it was a legal knee, but said New York didn’t have a replay rule, so no replays were allowed to be used, but they did use a replay just moments after pausing the action and made their judgement from the replay.

The fight was then called a TKO victory for Gegard, putting Chris Weidman on a three fight losing streak. Chris had this to say about the situation.

“If it was a legal knee, I would have loved to have just kept fighting. It shouldn’t have been stopped, but the ref, at the end of the day, is the one who made a judgement call, and in the state of New York, his word is what counts.”

Michael Bisping in for injured Chris Weidman at UFC 199

One of the longest reigning contenders in the Middleweight division will finally see his title shot.

Following the injury to former champion Chris Weidman that would remove him from the UFC 199 pay-per-view headliner, the UFC was on the hunt for a contender that would be willing to take on Luke Rockhold on short notice. Michael Bisping was quick to take to twitter and showing a willingness to take on the new champion.

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While Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza was the first choice from the promotion, the Brazilian contender required a knee surgery following his one-round domination of Vitor Belfort last Saturday at UFC 198. Leaving Bisping open to take his long awaited title shot.

Bisping (28-7 MMA, 18-7 in UFC) is currently riding a three-fight winning streak and is also coming off the biggest win of his career after taking a judges decision victory over former long-time champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva. Bisping currently holds the most fights ever in UFC Middleweight history and also holds the record for the longest active fighter in the UFC to have never fought for a UFC championship. That will finally come to an end on June 4th. Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping met before in November of 2014 where Rockhold won via Guillotine submission in the first round.

UFC 199 takes place June 4 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The main card, including the Rockhold vs. Bisping headliner, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

UFC 199 full card:

  • Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Bisping (UFC Middleweight championship)
  • Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber (UFC Bantamweight champion)
  • Max Holloway vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard
  • Bobby Green vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Cole Miller vs. B.J. Penn
  • Clay Guida vs. Brian Ortega
  • Beneil Dariush vs. James Vick
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Jessica Penne
  • Tom Breese vs. Sean Strickland
  • Luiz Henrique da Silva vs. Jonathan Wilson
  • Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic
  • “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim vs. Polo Reyes

Report: Chris Weidman out of UFC 199 due to injury, UFC currently seeking replacement

UFC 199 has taken a huge hit as it’s main event fight will likely have a different bout when all is said and done after news hit Tuesday that Chris Weidman was reportedly removed from the top slot on the card due to a hand injury. He was scheduled to meet Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold in a rematch of their UFC 194 bout.

Talk MMA first reported the news.

Two candidates are likely to be considered. On one hand you have Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza who is coming off a near perfect performance at UFC 198 this past Saturday against former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort where he finished his fellow Brazilian with a first round  (T)KO.

Another potential candidate would be Michael “The Count” Bisping who last defeated Anderson Silva this past February by judges decision. Upon hearing the news of Weidman’s injury, Bisping took to Twitter to express his desire to compete in a rematch against Rockhold for the UFC Middleweight championship.

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UFC 199 is set to take place June 4 in Inglewood, Calif. Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber III for the Bantamweight title is the co-main event.

 

Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman II reportedly set for UFC 199

Two of the best Middleweights on the planet will lock horns once again.

After successfully winning the title back in December against Chris Weidman at UFC 194, new champion Luke Rockhold will make his first title defense against the former undefeated title holder in June at UFC 199.

The news broke first on Katie Nolan’s show Garbage Time when UFC President Dana White made the announcement Wednesday. However. no exact date or venue has been announced.

Luke Rockhold (15-2, 5-1 in UFC) last won the title at UFC 194 against Weidman in their first meeting where he won via TKO in the fourth round. The fight was a closely contested affair within the first two and half rounds. In the third round, Rockhold began to pick up momentum before Weidman would throw a poorly timed spinning back kick that would lead to a scrambled takedown from Rockhold who would quickly find mount, which lead to a series of unanswered punches that referee Herb Dean surprisingly allowed on until the bell would save Weidman. However, the damage was done and Rockhold would finish the job in the very next round. Rockhold has since called for a rematch with the only man to hand him defeat inside the Octagon in Vitor Belfort. Belfort however is now scheduled to face Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in May. That, along with Yoel Romero reportedly under suspicion for violating the USADA Anti-Doping policy in an out-of-competition test, that leaves only Weidman left as the next logical contender.

Weidman (13-1, 9-1 in UFC) whose undefeated streak was crushed by Rockhold at UFC 194, stated in multiple interviews following the fight that he was determined to come back as soon as possible in an effort to reclaim his title. Weidman accounted for a succession of reasons as to what he felt was still a decent performance, though certainly not his best. Prior to his loss to Rockhold, Weidman had defended his title three times against the likes of Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, and Vitor Belfort.

As stated, no date or venue has been announced for UFC 199. Stay tuned for more news as this develops.