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.

Fights to make after UFC Fight Night: Pittsburgh

Dennis Bermudez vs. Brian Ortega

“I’m back”. This is all the 29 year old Long Islander had to say when asked to describe what this fight meant to him. Bermudez believes he is now on course to get his career back on track after suffering back to back losses heading into Sunday night in Pittsburgh. Despite starting slow, Bermudez made the appropriate and necessary changes that allowed him to take full control of the bout on the mat and standing up earning him the judges decision victory. Bermudez now improves to 8-3 in the UFC with his eight wins tying for second most in the promotions divisional history behind Max Holloway (11). While defeating the No. 12 ranked Featherweight has got fans talking about him again, it doesn’t necessarily propel “The Menace” into the forefront of chomping at top five fighters just yet especially coming off a losing streak. Bermudez needs to prove without a doubt that he is the capable of sealing his place on the ladder before taking any further ascension up it. Rising star Brian “T-City” Ortega is coming off the biggest win of his young career against Diego Brandao, the man who the took the title of Ultimate Fighter out from under Bermudez, and placed himself among the top 15 of the division in doing so. A match-up between both men makes too much sense to ignore and along with it, could produce a potential future contender in the increasingly exciting Featherweight division.

Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker

Garbrandt continued to keep his career exciting with a stunning knockout victory over late replacement Augusto Mendes. “No Love” has now won 3 straight in the UFC, while remaining undefeated at 8-0 with seven knockouts under his belt. Garbrandt certainly looks like a fighter that has all the potential in the world to become the next big star in the UFC’s Bantamweight division, and was seemingly robbed of that opportunity when his original opponent and No. 11 ranked Bantamweight John Lineker pulled out of the bout due to illness. However, Lineker and Garbrandt are both in agreement that this fight needs to happen. Lineker asked for as much right after he pulled out of the bout and it was certainly a fight on the card that most fans were looking forward to. It still remains a fight to watch and hopefully we see this matchup signed once again as soon as Lineker gets the ok to return to training.

Derek Brunson vs. Mousasi/Leites winner

Berunson continued to impress Sunday night in putting away the No. 15 ranked Carneiro inside the first round. It was Brunson’s third straight first round knockout which made Brunson a small mark in the history books as it is the third longest streak of its kind in UFC history right behind Shane Carwin (4) and Don Frye (5). Brunson has now gone 6-1 under the UFC banner with his only loss coming to top contender Yoel Romero. Brunson clearly deserves a shot at the top dogs of his division, but with nearly the bulk of the top ten of his division already set for matchups across the spring of 2016, he will have to settle in on the sidelines until some key fights take place. The soonest bout that could determine an opponent for Brunson goes down this Saturday in London as Gegard Mousasi and Thales Leites with compete across the pond as both men are looking to bounce back from tough losses in each of their last bouts.

Donald Cerrone vs. Thiago Alves/ Conor McGregor

Cerrone came back looking as “Cowboy” as ever in his debut at Welterweight against Alex Oliveira, submitting the Brazilian with a terrifically set up triangle choke submission. Cerrone etched himself into history Sunday night as he now holds 22 wins under both the UFC and WEC, the most of any fighter to have competed for both organizations. Cerrone seemed to have fun in there like the “Cowboy” of old, and with barely any pressure from title fights and contenders up over at Welterweight, it’s probably a fair bet that we will see Cerrone at 170 again. If that be the case, why not make it fun. Thiago Alves is slated to return from injury and hot fire matchup like Cerrone and Alves just spells chaos and excitement that no one would want to miss. There is also an alternative at 155 however. With the news Tuesday morning that Rafael dos Anjos had pulled out his fight with Conor McGregor, the opening is there Cerrone. The added intrigue factor? Make it for the UFC Interim Lightweighit title.