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VIDEO | Chris Weidman submits Kelvin Gastelum at UFC on FOX 25

VIDEO | Chris Weidman submits Kelvin Gastelum at UFC on FOX 25

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC middleweights Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum went to war in last night’s UFC on FOX 25 event from Long Island.

Round one begins and Weidman looks absolutely huge compared to Kelvin. Gastelum takes the center of the octagon. Weidman throws a high kick but it is blocked with ease by Kelvin. A straight right hand finds a home for Weidman. He follows that up with a front kick to the body. Gastelum with a left hook that misses and Weidman scores a nice right hand. Chris shoots in and scores an easy takedown. He works a couple of short shots before Kelvin stands back up. Weidman drags Kelvin back to the floor and winds up in side control. Weidman begins working for a kimura but when he tries to extend the arm Kelvin is able to scramble back up to his feet. Kelvin partially lands a head kick. He seems to have gained some confidence now. He lands a right hook and then a straight left that floors Weidman. He hops on him with ground and pound before the horn sounds to end round one.

Round two begins and Gastelum presses the action early. Weidman responds with a low kick and then shoots in for a takedown attempt. He doesn’t get Gastelum to the ground but is able to press him against the cage. Wediman finally secures the takedown and immediately moves to the back of Kelvin. Gastelum scrambles back up to his feet but Weidman quickly drags him back down. Again Gastelum gets back to his feet. Weidman continues to work for the takedown and gets another. Chris is working from full guard now. He lands a nice right hand from the top. Weidman with a nice elbow and then another. Gastelum is doing a good job of limiting Weidman’s offense here. Round two comes to an end.

Round three begins and Kelvin comes out swinging. He lands a right and then a left. Weidman connects with a right of his own and Kelvin briefly drops. He’s back up and lands a right. Weidman with a kick and then a right hand. Another right hand and Kelvin might be hurt. Gastelum with a jab but Weidman answers with a knee. Chris shoots in for a takedown but Kelvin scrambles free. Weidman presses Kelvin against the cage and scores a double leg. Kelvin quickly stands back up but Chris is still on his back. Weidman drags him back to the floor and away from the cage. Weidman is looking to take Gastelum’s back. He switches to an arm-triangle choke. He locks it in. Kelvin is forced to tap.

VIDEO | Gegard Mousasi rips the UFC and Chris Weidman following UFC 210 win

VIDEO | Gegard Mousasi rips the UFC and Chris Weidman following UFC 210 win

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Surging UFC middleweight contender Gegard Mousasi picked up his fifth win in a row at last night’s UFC 210 pay-per-view event in Buffalo, New York by earning a second-round TKO victory over former division champion Chris Weidman.

Unfortunately for Mousasi, his victory over Weidman came in somewhat of a controversial fashion.

Mousasi landed a pair of knees on Weidman midway through the fights second round that had Weidman in a world of hurt.

However, the referee thought that the second knee that Mousasi landed came while Weidman’s hands were on the canvas, which would make the strike illegal.

After watching that replay, it was clear that Wediman’s hands had left the floor just micro-seconds prior to Mousasi landing the second knee.

With that said, the strike was eventually deemed legal and after some confusion inside the cage the referee called a stop to the contest after talking with the doctor.

Gegard Mousasi spoke about the controversial victory at last night’s UFC 210 post-fight press conference.

“Well he (Chris Weidman) was winning the first-round simply because of his wrestling. He didn’t do any damage. I was fighting. The second round I came back. I hurt him. I felt he was getting tired. He took me down, I got up. Second time he shot, I stuffed it and I kneed him. You know at the end of the day I am fighting. The guy, I have a lot of respect for Weidman I don’t want to bad mouth him. But if you want to play smart and try to take advantage of the rules. That is not my fault. I am fighting. If you want to put your hands down so I cannot knee you. You’re fighting. Don’t try and take advantage of the rules. I am fighting and at the end of the day it was legal. That is what everyone says now. It was legal. I don’t make the rules. It was legal and I felt that he didn’t want to continue. I think everyone saw that. He didn’t want to continue. How is that my fault? I don’t give a fuck. I like the guy, he is a tough opponent. But at the end of the day he didn’t want to fight. I felt he was getting tired from all those takedowns he was trying to get. I am fighting. I don’t know.”

As for an immediate rematch, Gegard had this to say.

“Well if he wants his rematch I can give it to him. But at the end of the day I am chasing the title. Whoever, if I fight Bisping I think I will be a favorite. Fighting Weidman is tough. First round he won. Second round I came back and hurt him. Whatever, I don’t know. I am not the match maker.”

Gegard, who is now a free agent, is looking to get paid what he is worth in his next contract.

“Well I should get paid. I have defeated Jacare (Souza), I have defeated Mark Hunt, I have defeated Dan Henderson, I have defeated Vitor Belfort, I have defeated Weidman. Who else? All of these guys I have defeated and they are making more money than me. What is it? My nationality? Do you want me to dye my hair blonde? What the fuck? I am one of the best, so I should get paid as one of the best! So there is nothing wrong with me. Just pay me what I am worth. I am a fair guy. I am not asking for more than I deserve. You think I cannot beat Bisping? I cannot talk like him what is it?”

VIDEO | Yoel Romero KO’s Chris Weidman with a flying knee

VIDEO | Yoel Romero KO’s Chris Weidman with a flying knee

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Yoel Romero shocked the crowd at Madison Square Garden by scoring a highlight reel third-round knockout victory over Chris Weidman.

The Cuban sent Weidman crashing to the canvas after landing a brutal flying knee in the early second of the third-round and then followed up with some punches forcing the referee to step in. Check it out:

Should Yoel Romero be the next man to challenge Michael Bisping for the middleweight title next?

Chris Weidman Will Fight at UFC 205 in New York!

Chris Weidman Will Fight at UFC 205 in New York!

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC 205, which will mark the UFC’s long-awaited debut in New York City, New York, is finally starting to take shape.

Last week, the card grew with the addition of several dynamite match ups, including a strawweight title fight between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, a women’s bantamweight bout between recent champ Miesha Tate and Raquel Pennington, and a featherweight bout between former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar and Jeremy Stephens. Then, last night, the card finally got its main event, as a long-rumored lightweight title fight between reigning lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and reigning featherweight champion Conor McGregor was finally made official.

Today, the high-profile UFC 205 announcements continue, as a middleweight showdown between former middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Cuban Olympian Yoel Romero has officially been tacked onto the bill.

This bout was one of the very first to be rumored for this hotly anticipated card. It’s fruition, however, was barred by a minor contract dispute between Weidman and the UFC. Thankfully, those issues seem to have been squashed, as the bout is now officially a go.

This contest will mark Weidman’s first steps into the Octagon since UFC 194 in December of 2015, when he succumbed to fourth-round punches, and surrendered the UFC middleweight title to Luke Rockhold in the process. Prior to that loss, Weidman was undefeated across his first 13 fights – a stretch that included two wins over middleweight legend Anderson Silva, as well as defeats of Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort.

former ufc middleweight champion

Romero, meanwhile, has also not stepped foot in the Octagon since UFC 194. On that night, he scored a controversial split decision over fellow contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, extending his win-streak to seven in the process. Unfortunately, Romero’s progress was then slowed when he was flagged by USADA for the growth hormone release stimulator ibutamoren – a hiccup that was later proven to be the result of his using a tainted supplement.

The winner of Weidman and Romero’s UFC 205 showdown could well be awarded a shot at the winner of UFC 204’s Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson middleweight title fight. Of course, that honor could also be awarded to the winner of Rockhold and Jacare’s November showdown in Australia.

Yoel Romero

UFC 205 will occur inside New York City’s hallowed Madison Square Garden on November 12.