UFC on FOX 25: Weidman vs Gastelum Live
Chris Weidman begins the long road back to relevancy on Saturday in Long Island. The Ultimate Fighting Championship heads back to New York for UFC on Fox 25 on Saturday live from NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum. UFC Fight Night: Weidman vs Gastelum Live Stream Online. New York native and former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is in a must-win bout in the main event against former Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum.
It’s not quite as jam-packed as the UFC 214 card on July 29, but it could be a filling appetizer as the promotion heads toward its biggest event of the year. Here are the 10 things you should know about UFC on Fox 25.
The event will be the first that the UFC has hosted on Long Island. Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen middleweight winner Kelvin Gastelum. On May 12, the bout was confirmed for UFC 214. Weidman vs Gastelum Live
UFC on Fox Long Island Main Card
Kelvin Gastelum -175, Chris Weidman +145, Middleweight, Dennis Bermudez -210, Darren Elkins +170, Featherweight, Gian Villante -160, Pat Cummins +130, Light heavyweight, Jimmie Rivera -200, Thomas Almeida +160 Bantamweight
The key for Weidman will be eliminating mistakes and playing to his strengths. For Weidman, the optics are not great. Obviously. It’s been more than two years since his last win, and he’s suffered back-to-back-to-back knockout losses. Not a good look for anyone, let alone a former champion.
But as far as Weidman is concerned, that’s all it is: A bad look. It’s not a real indication of his place in the division or an indictment on his future.
“If you watch my last three fights, I was winning all of them,” Weidman said. “I feel the same way now as I did when I was on top, as far as pressure and anxiety. I’ve had a couple bad nights. That doesn’t dictate who I am.
“It’s not like I’ve been getting blown out, where these guys are just on a different level than me. If anything, you could swing the other way and say I’ve showed that I was on a different level, but the fight ended up working out in their favor.” It certainly is possible to argue Weidman’s skid looks worse on paper than it’s really been.
Attempting to play it safe in MMA is far from a smart strategy and can open the door for opponents to outwork you. But Weidman needs to focus on securing the victory in any form he can, even if that means employing a “lay and pray” strategy to limit Gastelum’s avenues to victory. Watch Weidman vs Gastelum Live Stream.
It’s a key matchup for both of their respective careers. Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s main event, via ESPN’s Cheat Sheet.
Gastelum is a dangerous striker who has good speed for a middleweight. Weidman vs Gastelum Live Free Online TV. More News