Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman will return home to challenge rising title contender Kelvin Gastelum at UFC on FOX 25 on July 22 from inside Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, New York, per an announcement made during UFC’s “Summer Kickoff” press conference (video replay here).
The 185-pound clash will serve as the main event.
Weidman, 32, has struggled to capture a victory inside of the Octagon since losing his title to Luke Rockhold at UFC 194. The New York native has dropped back-to-back knockout defeats opposite Yoel Romero and Gegard Mousasi, extending his current losing streak to three. This will be the third-straight fight in which Weidman is competing in the state of New York.
Gastelum, 25, is coming off a brief squabble with USADA, in which he had his knockout victory over Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 106 overturned to a no contest and his UFC 212 bout opposite Anderson Silva cancelled. Still, the former welterweight is as hot as anybody at 185 pounds and could easily leap into immediate title contention with a stoppage of Weidman.
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