Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to action for UFC on FOX 25: “Weidman vs. Gastelum,” which went down last night (Sat., July 22, 2017) inside Nassau Veterans Coliseum in Uniondale, New York airing live on FOX. The promotion's latest mixed martial arts (MMA) card was headlined by a Middleweight scrap that saw Weidman submit Gastelum in round three (see it). In the co-main event of the evening, Darren Elkins managed to walk away with a split-decision win over Dennis Bermudez after a back-and-forth brawl.
Biggest winner: Chris Weidman
This one is easy, as “All American” can finally breathe easy knowing that he is back in the win column after suffering three straight defeats in the span of the last two years. And he did it be getting back to what he knows best — as yours truly felt he needed to do against the smaller man -- utilizing his wrestling to land one takedown after another, ultimately leading to the submission win. Now, while the win is impressive, his callout of division champion Michael Bisping was not, as ending a horrible losing streak does not come close to earning you a shot at the title. Enjoy the win, relax and be prepared to fight another top contender or two before getting back to the big dance.
Runner Up: Jimmie Rivera
Can Jimmie get some love now? “El Terror” has now won 20 straight fights, including all seven of his fights inside the Octagon. And by taking out top prospect Thomas Almeida in a thrilling back-and-forth brawl, Rivera should be inching closer to his first-ever title shot. He called for an interim title fight after his win, which isn’t a bad idea should Cody be on the mend for an even longer period of time. He’s earned it.
Biggest Loser: Thomas Almeida
Why, you say? Well, Thomas was once considered one of the brightest prospects in all of the division, and was inching himself closer to a shot at the title shot before running into Cody Garbrandt’s heavy hands. He bounced back in his next outing against Albert Morales, but when given another big challenge, he came up short. And it wasn’t for a lack of trying, as he put it all on the line against Jimmie in an exciting brawl. But, the fact remains, he’s now suffered two losses in his last three outings, and if he can’t find some consistency, he’ll be another case of a potential tar that didn’t fulfill his potential ala Erick Silva.
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