Live on Saturday, July 22 from the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York is UFC on FOX 25: Weidman vs. Gastelum.
The UFC returns to the Empire State for thirteen fights of mixed martial arts action, headlined by a middleweight matchup between former UFC Middleweight Champion #8 Chris Weidman (13-3) and #8 Kelvin Gastelum (14-2).
The former champ in Weidman has hit a rough skid as of late. After successfully defending the title three times against some of the most dangerous names in the history of the sport, he has lost three fights in a row. The devastating loss to Luke Rockhold to lose the title was followed up by a vicious KO by the hands of Yoel Romero. His most recent outing against Mousasi ended in a somewhat controversial stoppage, but nevertheless, Weidman walked away with his third straight loss. Still eager to prove to everyone he has what it takes to get back on the winning track an regain the UFC title, Weidman shifts his focus to another dangerous opponent in Gastelum.
While his official record will show a No Contest in his most recent walk to the Octagon against Vitor Belfort, but on the night, Gastelum absolutely starched the Brazilian in the first round, which marked the third straight victory for the California native. The win over Belfort would be overturned due to testing positive for marijuana, erasing one of his bests performances to date from his record. Backed up by a TKO victory over Tim Kennedy and a decision win over former champ Johny Hendricks, Gastelum has been on a roll in the middleweight division with his eyes set UFC gold.
Keep up with the full official results below and follow along on Twitter @mmalatestnws for up-to-the-moment action.
MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM/1AM ET/PT/BST
- #5 Chris Weidman (14-3) vs. #8 Kelvin Gastelum (14-3)
- Result: Chris Weidman def. Kelvin Gastelum via Submission (Arm triangle), Round 3 – 3:45
- #10 Dennis Bermudez (17-7) vs. #12 Darren Elkins (24-5)
- Result: Darren Elkins def. Dennis Bermudez via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- #12 Patrick Cummins (10-4) vs. #13 Gian Villante (15-8)
- Result: Patrick Cummins def. Gian Villante via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- #4 Jimmie Rivera (21-1) vs. #9 Thomas Almeida (21-2)
- Result: Jimmie Rivera def. Thomas Almeida via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-27)
PRELIMINARY CARD – FOX – 6PM/3PM/11PM ET/PT/BST
- Lyman Good (19-4, 1 NC) vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (17-5)
- Result: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Lyman Good via Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
- Rafael Natal (21-9-1) vs. Eryk Anders (8-0)
- Result: Eryk Anders def. Rafael Natal via KO (Punches), Round 1 – 2:54
- #14 Ryan LaFlare (13-2) vs. Alex Oliveira (17-3-1, 2NC)
- Result: Alex Oliveira def. Ryan LaFlare via KO (Uppercut), Round 2 – 1:50
- Damian Grabowski (20-5) vs. Chase Sherman (11-3)
- Result: Chase Sherman def. Damian Grabowski via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4PM/1PM/9PM ET/PT/BST
- Kyle Bochniak (7-2) vs. Jeremy Kennedy (11-0)
- Result: Jeremy Kennedy def. Kyle Bochniak via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Brian Kelleher (17-8) vs. Marlon Vera (10-3-1)
- Result: Marlon Vera def. Brian Kelleher via Submission (Armbar), Round 1 – 2:18
- #12 Timothy Johnson (11-4) vs. Junior Albini (14-2)
- Result: Junior Albini def. Timothy Johnson via KO (Strikes), Round 1 – 2:51
- Shane Burgos (10-0) vs. Godofredo Pepey (14-5)
- Result: Shane Burgos def. Godofredo Pepey via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)
- Frankie Perez (10-4) vs. Chris Wade (12-3)
- Result: Chris Wade def. Frankie Perez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.
The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.
Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.
With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th? Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams
Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.
Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.
Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.
Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.
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Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.
Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.
There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.
But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.
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