Chris Weidman was the king of the middleweights after utterly destroying Anderson Silva twice. But he fell down that hill with a loss to Luke Rockhold, and followed up that performance with losses to Yoel Romero and Gegard Mousasi. He needs a win tonight at UFC on FOX 25, which he’s main eventing in his hometown.
Kelvin Gastelum won a season of TUF, but can’t make welterweight with all those burritos he eats, so he’s been relegated to middleweight. However, wins over Tim Kennedy and Vitor Belfort (since changed to a “no contest” because of too much marijuana) means Gastelum has some momentum at 185. Will he be loss number four for Weidman?
Because of his accomplishments while striking in the cage, it’s easy to forget that Weidman came into the sport with a strong wrestling background and some solid jiu-jitsu. It’s those skills he calls upon in the first, forcing Gastelum to the canvas early and making the TUF winner defend a kimura. Gastelum does, and eventually works back up, where he lands a left that completely floors the former champ. The horn sounds with Weidman still shaking off the cobwebs, but wow did Gastelum steal the round.
Weidman wants no more of those fists, so he takes Gastelum down against the cage with an ankle pick in the second. From there he works to Gastelum’s back and threatens to get a choke, but it ain’t no thang for Gastelum to defend. Getting up though, that’s another story, and Weidman manages to keep pulling him down and working him over. Gastelum doesn’t really take much damage, but he’s stuck.
Round 3 opens with Gastelum knowing damn well he needs to stay upright, and he tries to accomplish this by punching Weidman unconscious. It doesn’t work, and soon Weidman gets him down and resumes his efforts. In no time he’s got Gastelum’s arm trapped in an arm-triangle choke, and after some squeezing he gets the tap. Finally, Weidman has another win in the Octagon.
Results: Chris Weidman def. Kelvin Gastelum via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 3:34, R3