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.

Kelvin Gastelum vows to never fight in Brazil again. Win over turned.

Kelvin Gastelum’s fight night sample for his fight with Vitor Belfort returned positive for THC, which is a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish above the 180 ng/mL allowance by the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) standard.

As a result of the failed test, Kelvin will serve a 90-day suspension retroactive to March 11, the date he fought Vitor Belfort. He is also being fined 20% of his purse and his win over Vitor Belfort is being over turned.

The Brazilian courts also stated that Gastelum will not likely face any additional penalties from USADA as part of the settlement agreement. Kelvin isn’t happy and vows to never fight in Brazil again.

He was scheduled to take on Anderson Silva at UFC 212, in Brazil. No word yet if we will see the fight rescheduled. Anderson has stated recently that he will retire if he doesn’t get a interim title shot against Yoel Romero. Dana white has already said that isn’t going to happen.


Vitor Belfort VS Kelvin Gastelum

Belfort VS Gastelum will take place on the UFC Fight Night 107 card, in Brazil. We just seen Kelvin fight on the UFC 206 card against Tim Kennedy. This fight Happened at middleweight, Kelvin out classed Tim Kennedy. A very one sided fight, Kelvin got the TKO finish in the third round.

Before that he beat former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks. Kelvin is currently the 6th ranked welterweight in the UFC. Hard to say if we will see him at welterweight again, while Kelvin wants to fight in that division, he’s had several failed weight cuts.

We last seen Vitor Belfort take on Gegard Mousasi on the UFC 204 card. Vitor lost by TKO. He is currently on a 2 fight losing streak and lost 3 out of 4. Gastelum VS Belfort will take place at middleweight and it will be the main event of the night.

UFC 206 Review

UFC 206 took some hits when the main event between light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and top contender Anthony Johnson was pulled from the card. Rashad Evans was also pulled from the card. With recent cards being so stacked this card flew under the radar a bit, but man did it deliver.

Max Holloway VS Anthony Pettis

Pettis had little to no success, Max took the fight right to him and eventually got the finish at the end of the 3rd round. Nailing him with some body shots, dropping Pettis and finishing the fight. This was the 10th win in a row for Max Holloway, earning him the interim featherweight title. Anthony Pettis says he broke his hand in the first round, Pettis said making the weight cut to 145 is to hard and that he will be going back to 155. Max Holloway is looking to set up a fight with current featherweight champion, Jose Aldo

Donald Cerrone VS Matt Brown

This was a good back and forth fight, it seemed to be a very close fight up until the finish. Through out the fight Donald landed several head kicks on Matt, utilaizing the lead leg. Matt landed a good punch and dropped Cerrone and the momentum seemed to be going Matt’s way. Then the finish came, Matt ate another head kick in the third round, this one knocked him out.

Another great fight, anyone who decided that this pay per view wasn’t worth buying, was very wrong. Donald has expressed interest in fight Damian Mia. Hard to say what’s next for Matt Brown, he was the 14th ranked welterweight and this being his 3rd loss in a row, he may drop out of the top 15.

Cub Swanson VS Doo Ho Choi

Wow what can you say about this one. Swanson VS Choi gets my vote for fight of the year. These two went to war. Both men were literally on the verge of being knocked out several times. In the end Swanson was just to much and ended the third round with a series of strikes to take the round and the fight. Choi may have lost but his stock went way up, he will become a fan favorite and a big sell with wars like that.

Kelvin Gastelum VS Tim Kennedy

Gastelum was forced to take a fight at 185 pounds after several failed weight cuts. The fight started out with Kennedy looking to grapple, he got Kelvin on the cage, had him in a body lock, the first 3 minutes of round one took place there, with Tim landing knees to the legs of Kelvin. After that it was all Kelvin, his boxing was clearly on another level. He put a hurting on Tim Kennedy and eventually got the finish in the third round. Tim took this fight after a 2 year absence from fighting.

Emil Meek VS Jordan Mein

Jordan Mein probably took the first round, Meek seemed to of injured his rib. Got a take down in the 2nd round, held Jordan Mein down for most of the round with little effort from Mein to get back to his feet, Meek cruised to an easy decesion using his grappling.

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:
Fight of the night award: Went to Cub Swanson VS Doo Ho Choi
Performance of the night: Went to Max Holloway and Lando Vannata