UFC on FOX 27 gets three more bouts, including Dennis Bermudez vs. Andre Fili

The card for UFC on FOX 27 appears to be just about set.

The UFC on Wednesday announced via CharlotteObserver.com three fights that have been added to the Jan. 27 event at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.

In a pair of featherweight bouts, Dennis Bermudez takes on Andre Fili, and Mirsad Bektic faces Godofredo Pepey. The other bout added is at welterweight, with Niko Price facing George Sullivan.

Fili (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) will enter UFC on FOX 27 riding the momentum of a strong performance in a unanimous-decision win over Artem Lobov in October. Bermudez (16-7 MMA, 9-5 MMA), meanwhile, will look to a avoid a three-fight losing streak after most recently dropping a split decision to Darren Elkins in July.

It will have been more than 10 months since Bektic (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) stepped inside the octagon. After opening his career with 11 straight wins, including four in the UFC, Bektic suffered a dramatic knockout loss to Elkins at UFC 209. In Pepey (13-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC), Bektic faces a fighter who’s lost two of his last three, including a unanimous decision to Shane Burgos in July.

UFC on FOX 27 is headlined by a rematch between Ronaldo Souza and Derek Brunson.

The latest UFC on FOX 27 card includes:

  • Derek Brunson vs. Ronaldo Souza
  • Ilir Latifi vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Juliana Lima vs. Randa Markos
  • Mara Romero Borella vs. Katlyn Chookagian
  • Justine Kish vs. Ji Yeon Kim
  • Vinc Pichel vs. Joaquim Silva
  • Gregor Gillespie vs. Jordan Rinaldi
  • Bobby Green vs. Erik Koch
  • Dennis Bermudez vs. Andre Fili
  • Mirsad Bektic vs. Godofredo Pepey
  • Niko Price vs. George Sullivan

For more on UFC on FOX 27, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Rafael dos Anjos and UFC on FOX 26's other winning fighters?

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(ALSO SEE: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for Robbie Lawler and UFC on FOX 26’s other losing fighters?)

Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos continued to thrive in the welterweight division on Saturday when he defeated Robbie Lawler in the UFC on FOX 26 main event.

Dos Anjos’ (28-9 MMA, 17-7 UFC) unanimous decision win over Lawler (28-12 MMA, 13-6 UFC) kept him unbeaten at 170 pounds and closed out an exciting four-fight main card that aired on FOX from Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Other big winners from the night included Josh Emmett (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Santiago Ponzinibbio (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and Glover Teixeira (27-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC), who all beat their opponents in impressive fashion.

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC on FOX 26’s winning fighters.

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Glover Teixeira

Dan Hardy and Jimi Manuwa

Should fight: Jimi Manuwa
Why they should fight: After a chin-rattling knockout loss at the hands of Alexander Gustafsson earlier this year, Teixeira bounced back with a solid win over a tough rising light heavyweight in Misha Cirkunov.

Former 205-pound title challenger Teixeira has had ups and downs in recent years, but the first-round TKO of Cirkunov showed he can still hang with the next generation of fighters in his weight class. Moreover, he’s not even out of the title picture.

Teixeira has never fought champ Daniel Cormier or top contender Volkan Oezdemir, who fight for the belt at UFC 220 in January. He’s unlikely to get a title shot simply off the win over Cirkunov, but in a thin division, he could potentially position himself well with another strong performance.

Manuwa (17-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is looking for an opponent at UFC Fight Night 127 on March 17 in London. Teixeira is exactly the type of name who could create one of the leading bouts on the card.

Santiago Ponzinibbio

Kamaru Usman

Should fight: Winner of Kamaru Usman vs. Emil Meek at UFC Fight Night 124
Why they should fight: Ponzinibbio’s winning streak was extended to six in the UFC welterweight division when he halted knockout powerhouse Mike Perry with a bloody unanimous decision victory.

Ponzinibbio is on one of the best runs of anyone at 170 pounds, with increasingly solid competition coming each step along the way. Another one is going to come in his next fight, and the winner of Usman (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) vs. Meek (9-2-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 124 on Jan. 14 would be a particularly intriguing foe.

Usman is on a six-fight winning streak of his own in the weight class. He was supposed to fight Meek at UFC 219 later this month, but the matchup was pushed back a few weeks. Ponzinibbio will have to take some time off after the damage sustained vs. Perry, but once he’s ready, he should get either Usman or Meek.

Josh Emmett

Dennis Bermudez

Should fight: Dennis Bermudez
Why they should fight: Although he missed weight, Emmett’s decision to drop to the UFC featherweight division has paid off in a big way. He’s picked up two wins in less than three months, the latter of which came against former title challenger Ricardo Lamas.

Emmett joins a list of names to beat Lamas that includes Max Holloway, Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes. However, he did it in a more violent fashion than anyone. He belongs in the upper tier at 145 pounds so long as he can make weight, and he’s only going to get more legitimate competition from here on out.

Bermudez (16-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) may be coming off consecutive losses to Darren Elkins and Chan Sung Jung, but “The Menace” is still a threat in the weight class. He would help reveal whether Emmett’s win is the product of it being a good night, or he really belongs in the discussion with the elite.

Rafael dos Anjos

Should fight: Tyron Woodley
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why dos Anjos should challenge Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 7-2-1 UFC) for the title next.

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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This video of UFC's Dennis Bermudez getting Tasered in the spine is must-see

UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez is one of the more unique characters in the sport. For proof, look no further than his Guinness World Record for “fastest time to drink one liter of lemon juice through a straw.”

Bermudez (16-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) clearly likes to do things outside the box, and today another video surfaced adding to the legend of “The Menace.”

Bermudez is currently overseas for a military tour and visit with the likes of two-time UFC lightweight title challenger Gray Maynard and former UFC champions Carla Esparza and Benson Henderson.

Apparently he had some downtime while in Romania. Bermudez opted to take a Taser shot under his own free will. Not only that, but he took it directly in the spine (via Instagram):

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Bermudez is currently on a two-fight skid inside the octagon. He lost a split decision to Darren Elkins at UFC on FOX 25 in July, which followed a first-round knockout defeat to Chan Sung Jung in February’s UFC Fight Night 104 headliner.

For more on the upcoming UFC schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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UFC Long Island's 10 memorable moments, including yet another Michael Bisping callout

Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman entered Saturday’s UFC on FOX 25 main event bout against Kelvin Gastelum on a three-fight losing skid. Weidman got back in the win column with a third-round submission victory in front of a hometown crowd on Long Island. To say the win gave Weidman a boost in confidence would be an understatement.

“I’m the champ. I’m the best guy in the world, and I think people know that,” Weidman said at the post-fight news conference. “If (UFC middleweight champ Michael) Bisping grows some balls, that fight will happen. I know (Robert) Whittaker just did a great job winning the interim belt (against Yoel Romero at UFC 213), but I think he’s hurt. He’s got knee surgery. I’m available. I’m ready to go. We’ll see what happens.”

Weidman wasn’t the only fighter to take a step in the right direction at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y. Below are 10 memorable moments from the event.

1. Picking a fight

After securing his first win since May 2015, Weidman did his best to pick a fight with Bisping, calling the champ a “British bum.” Unsurprisingly, Bisping didn’t let the remark slide and the two engaged in a social media skirmish that lasted well into Sunday.

Despite his efforts, Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) isn’t likely to get a title shot with a 1-3 record in his last four fights. You can’t blame the guy for aiming high after his win over Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC), especially in the current landscape where potential pay-per-view sales are one of the driving forces behind which title fights get booked.

At the very least, Weidman’s victory adds another wrinkle to a division that’s getting a bit crowded at the top.

2. An impressive run continues

Darren Elkins has been one of the bigger surprises of 2017. Well into the 10th year of his professional career, Elkins’ profile has never been higher. Fighting in the first co-main event of his UFC run, Elkins (23-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) eked out a split decision over Dennis Bermudez (16-7 MMA, 9-5 MMA) to extend his unbeaten streak to five straight.

“The grind is my game, and those are the fights I’m going to succeed in,” Elkins told MMAjunkie after the win. “It’s not the prettiest stuff sometimes, but I make it work, and I make it work good.”

Elkins went on to say he’s looking to face a top-five fighter in his next outing, naming Chan Sung Jung or Cub Swanson as possible opponents. While Elkins doesn’t have the biggest name in the featherweight division, it’s going to be hard to deny him the type of fight he’s looking for considering the run he’s enjoying.

3. Wearing it

Maybe it was Gian Villante’s penchant for throwing strikes with the intent of turning out his opponent’s lights. Maybe it was Patrick Cummins’ ability to take an indecent amount of abuse over the course of a fight. Whatever it was, there was something about the light heavyweight bout between Villante (15-9 MMA, 5-6 UFC) and Cummins (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) that made it feel like fans were in for a nasty fight.

By the end of the contest, Cummins’ right eye was swollen shut and a piece of gauze hung on the cut that opened on his head after an accidental first round headbutt. Despite looking far worse than Villante, Cummins walked away with a split-decision victory.

Cummins displayed his trademark toughness throughout the fight. He also set a career high in significant strikes landed with 86, while showing an improved defensive striking game.

4. Looking for the next test

When the bantamweight bout between Jimmie Rivera and Thomas Almeida came to an end, the striking numbers were awfully similar. Rivera (21-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) landed 70 significant strikes while Almeida (21-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) landed 72, with both fighters connecting on 43 percent of their attempts. The difference was in the knockdowns, takedowns and octagon control – three aspects of the contest where Rivera had the advantage, knocking down Almeida twice while landing two takedowns on his way to the unanimous decision win.

Rivera has somewhat quietly climbed the rankings, and he’s now on a 20-fight winning streak, with the last five of those wins coming in the UFC. Despite his under-the-radar rise, Rivera is hopeful his win over Almeida will earn him a title shot or a fight against a former champ sometime around November.

5. Holding back

When Lyman Good plopped down on his stool at the end of the second round of his welterweight fight against Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, his coaches asked him why he was holding back. Good’s response did not go over well.

“I don’t want to get knocked out,” Good said.

That reluctance to fully engage his opponent might have cost Good (19-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) the fight. Two judges scored the bout in favor of Santos (17-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC), giving him the split-decision win and extending his UFC winning streak to three straight.

With the loss, Good, fighting for the first time in two years due to an injury and a tainted-supplement-related suspension, saw his six-fight unbeaten streak come to an end. One positive for Good is the exciting striking battle did win “Fight of the Night” honors, earning both fighters an extra $50,000.

6. Short notice, shorter fight

Eryk Anders made some news at the official weigh-in for UFC on FOX 25, when he touched the towel being held in front of him while he stood on the scale, much to the chagrin of the New York State Athletic Commission. Anders made more positive news on fight night when he scored a first-round knockout in his UFC debut, putting away Rafael Natal with left hands to the head.

Anders (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), the former LFA middleweight champ, took the fight against the much more experienced Natal (21-9-1 MMA, 9-7-1 UFC) on short notice. Anders made the most of his opportunity, landing 79 percent of his significant strikes on his way to his eighth straight win. After the fight, Anders put the rest of the middleweight division on notice.

“I’m ready to take over this middleweight division, and any middleweight (is) getting the same treatment (as Natal),” Anders told UFC commentator Brian Stann.

7. Eat your words

Some fighters are wound tight as a spring. Alex Oliveira is not one of those fighters. The Brazilian dances and sings on his way to the cage, and between rounds he shares smiles and jokes with his corner. While he fights, Oliveira remains extraordinarily loose and relaxed. Oliveira’s personality seemed to rub Stann the wrong way early in his fight against Ryan LaFlare.

“There’s a point where you’re too loose,” said Stann between the first and second rounds. “You’re too friendly; you’re having too much fun. You’ve got to get down to business if you want to win a fight.”

Less than two minutes later, Oliveira (18-3-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) ended the welterweight bout with a brutal uppercut that dropped LaFlare (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) face-first onto the canvas.

After the fight, Stann owned up to his remarks, telling Oliveira he proved him wrong with the “Performance of the Night” winning knockout.

8. A score to settle

Marlon Vera extended his unbeaten streak to three straight with a first-round submission win over the favored Brian Kelleher in Long Island. The end came when Vera (10-3-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) quickly transitioned from a standing kimura to an armbar when Kelleher (17-8 MMA, 1-1 UFC) decided to take the fight to the mat while Vera remained latched to his arm.

After his win, Vera reminded everyone he had unfinished business with Jimmie Rivera who withdrew from a fight against Vera early this year.

“Me and Rivera got business,” Vera said. “I don’t know what happened. He just backed out (of the fight), because he said he was too much for me in January. It was really tough for me because I cut 15 pounds in two days for that fight. I wanted to be in the gym or be in the sauna because I was super motivated to fight a tough guy.”

9. Passing grade

Junior Albini (14-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) accomplished two significant feats at UFC on FOX 25. The first, scoring a TKO victory in his UFC debut against a heavyweight fighter with UFC experience in Timothy Johnson (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC). The second, taking home a “Performance of the Night” bonus.

“I was never able to buy her a toy or something like that,” Albini said of his 2-year old daughter after his win. “All of her toys were like shampoos, empty bottles, because we didn’t have much money. My wife was following my dream, too, together, so it means a lot to me right now that I can make a living and give back to them what they suffered together with me – the pursuing of this dream.”

With his TKO victory Albini extended his unbeaten streak to 10 straight, with eight of those wins coming by stoppage.

10. Local boy makes good

Godofredo Pepey did his best to goad Shane Burgos into a brawl and/or a grappling match, but Burgos refused to bite. Instead, the featherweight prospect stayed calm and used excellent striking, especially his counters, to pick apart Pepey on the feet.

Burgos (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) dropped Pepey (13-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC) three times, and had he gone to the body earlier and more often, he might have managed to get the stoppage he desired instead of a unanimous decision.

Burgos, a New York-based fighter, has fought on three UFC cards in his home state, and judging by the crowd’s response to his efforts, he’s become a local favorite.

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Kelvin Gastelum and UFC on FOX 25's other losing fighters?

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(ALSO SEE: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What next for UFC on FOX 25’s winning fighters?)

Saturday’s four-fight UFC on FOX 25 main card was poised for competitive matchups, and that for the most part that’s how it played out until Chris Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) produced a statement stoppage of Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in the FOX-televised middleweight headliner at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y.

Earlier on the card, Dennis Bermudez (16-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) suffered his fourth setback in his past six fights, Gian Villante (15-9 MMA, 5-6 UFC) was edged on the scorecard, and Thomas Almeida (21-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) experienced just his second loss as a pro.

After every event, fans wonder whom the losers will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC on FOX 25’s losing fighters.

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Thomas Almeida

Rob Font

Should fight: Rob Font
Why they should fight: Almeida suffered just the second loss of his 23-fight career when he succumbed to the incredible winning streak of Jimmie Rivera in a crucial bantamweight contest.

The Brazilian is still one of the brightest prospects at 135 pounds, but unfortunately Rivera is looking nearly unstoppable at this point and he fell victim to that momentum by unanimous decision. Whether he wins or loses, Almeida is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport and delivers every time he steps in the octagon.

Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) doesn’t have the same following, but he’s proven to be someone who brings it every time, as well. He’s well rounded and dynamic, and a matchup with Almeida would be absolute fireworks.

Gian Villante

Ion Cutelaba

Should fight: Ion Cutelaba
Why they should fight: Villante suffered his third loss in his past four fights when he dropped a split decision to Patrick Cummins in an important bout for his position in the light-heavyweight division.

Villante has had some solid moments throughout his UFC tenure. Unfortunately, his track record has shown that he falls short when the lights shine brightest, and it comes to a point when a fighter only receives a certain amount of chances.

Villante has had difficulty evolving past a brawling style of fighter. His style has only failed him against proven oppositions, though, and Cutelaba (13-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is not yet that. “The Hulk” is an interesting prospect at 23 years old, and if he could beat Villante, it would be a real reason to start paying attention.

Dennis Bermudez

Mirsad Bektic

Should fight: Mirsad Bektic
Why they should fight: Bermudez experienced disappointment in front of a supportive crowd when he dropped a second consecutive fight, this time courtesy of Darren Elkins.

“The Menace” has had his ups and downs inside the octagon, and after the split-decision result, he’s currently enduring another rough patch. He’s always found a way to rally back, though, and in a loaded featherweight division, there’s plenty of opportunity to do that.

Bektic (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is also coming off a loss to Elkins, albeit in a much more stunning fashion at UFC 209 in March. Bektic is still considered one of the brightest prospects at 145 pounds, and a fight with “The Ultimate Fighter 14” finalist Bermudez would represent a chance for him to recover some of what was lost in his first career setback against Elkins.

Kelvin Gastelum

Should fight: Gunnar Nelson
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Gastelum should drop back to welterweight and fight Nelson (16-3-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 25 post-event facts: Despite 1-3 run, Chris Weidman's resume still pretty darn good

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Chris Weidman’s grappling prowess was again on display at UFC on FOX 25. “All-American” rebounded from a three-fight skid when he grounded and submitted Kelvin Gastelum in Saturday’s FOX-televised main event at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y.

Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) returned to the win column after more than two years when he finished Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) with a third-round submission that will likely set up another important fight for the former UFC middleweight champion.

The main event wasn’t the only result of note at the UFC’s Long Island debut. For more, check below for 55 post-event facts to come out of UFC on FOX 25.

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General

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $140,000.

Debuting fighters went 2-0 at the event.

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, Lyman Good, Alex Oliveira and Junior Albini earned $50,000 UFC on FOX 25 fight-night bonuses. UFC Fight Night 99 in November 2017 was last event without any main-card bonus winners.

UFC on FOX 25 drew an announced attendance of 11,918 for a live gate of $1,088,332.

Betting favorites went 6-7 on the card. More underdogs than favorites won for the first time since UFC Fight Night 101 in November.

Total fight time for the 13-bout card was 2:28:38.

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Main card

Chris Weidman

Weidman improved to 5-0 in UFC headliners.

Weidman snapped his three-fight losing skid for his first victory since May 2015.

Weidman became the eighth fighter in UFC history to earn 10 middleweight victories.

Weidman has earned seven of his 10 UFC victories by stoppage.

Weidman’s seven stoppage victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Anderson Silva (11), Nate Marquardt (nine) and Chris Leben (eight).

Weidman’s seven stoppage victories since 2011 in UFC middleweight competition are most among active fighters in the weight class.

Weidman has out-struck his opponent in all 10 of his UFC victories.

Weidman has completed at least one takedown in all 13 of his UFC appearances.

Weidman’s 36 takedowns landed in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Rafael Natal for most in divisional history.

Kelvin Gastelum

Gastelum fell to 0-2 (with one no-contest) in UFC headliners.

Gastelum fell to 2-1 (with one no-contest) since he moved up to the UFC middleweight division in December. He’s 3-1 (with one no-contest) in the organization at 185 pounds.

Gastelum suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Gastelum has landed six knockdowns in his past five fights.

Darren Elkins

Darren Elkins (23-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) improved to 12-3 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in June 2011.

Elkins’ 12 UFC featherweight victories are second most in divisional history behind champ Max Holloway (13).

Elkins’ five-fight UFC winning streak in featherweight competition is the second longest active streak in the division behind Holloway (10).

Elkins has earned 10 of his 13 UFC victories by decision.

Elkins has landed 1,511 total strikes in UFC featherweight competition, the most in divisional history.

Elkins’ 35 takedowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Dennis Bermudez (38).

Elkins’ 20 submission attempts in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Dennis Bermudez (16-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) fell to 2-4 in his past six UFC appearances.

Bermudez suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Patrick Cummins

Patrick Cummins (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) improved to 2-3 in his past five UFC appearances.

Cummins has earned four of his six UFC victories by decision.

Gian Villante (15-9 MMA, 5-6 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his past seven UFC appearances.

Jimmie Rivera (21-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) extended his winning streak to 20 fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since November 2008.

Jimmie Rivera

Rivera’s 20-fight winning streak in MMA competition is second longest among active UFC fighters behind Khabib Nurmagomedov (24).

Rivera’s five-fight UFC winning streak in bantamweight competition is tied with champ Cody Garbrandt for the longest active streak in the division.

Rivera has earned 15 of his 21 career victories by decision. That includes four of his five UFC wins.

Thomas Almeida (21-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Preliminary card

Lyman Good and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Good (19-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has suffered all four of his career losses by decision.

Rafael Natal (22-8-1 MMA, 9-7-1 UFC) suffered his third consecutive loss, the longest skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since January 2016.

Natal has suffered six of his nine career losses by knockout.

Oliveira (17-3-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) improved to 5-1 (with one no-contest) in UFC welterweight competition.

Oliveira has earned 14 of his 17 career victories by stoppage. That includes five of his seven UFC wins.

Ryan LaFlare (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Chase Sherman

Chase Sherman (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) earned the first decision victory of his career.

Sherman has landed a combined 214 significant strikes in his past two UFC appearances.

Damian Grabowski (22-5 MMA, 0-3 UFC) suffered his first decision loss since Sept. 16, 2010 – a span of 2,501 days (nearly seven years) and 11 fights.

Jeremy Kennedy (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has earned all three of his UFC victories by decision.

Kennedy has completed 21 total takedowns in his three UFC appearances.

Kyle Bochniak (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered both of his career losses by decision.

Brian Kelleher (17-8 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has suffered all five of his career stoppage losses by submission.

Junior Albini

Albini (14-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned 12 of his 14 career victories by stoppage.

Timothy Johnson (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his six-fight UFC career.

Johnson suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Frankie Perez (10-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) fell to 0-2 since he came out of retirement in December.

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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Darren Elkins fought a Darren Elkins fight and got a Darren Elkins result

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Darren Elkins fought a Darren Elkins fight and ended up with what’s increasingly becoming a Darren Elkins result: a grueling, ugly, hard-fought victory.

“The grind is my game, and those are the fights I’m going to succeed in,” he told MMAjunkie after his latest victory. “It’s not the prettiest stuff sometimes, but I make it work, and I make it work good.”

In Saturday’s UFC on FOX 25 co-headliner at NYCB LIVE at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Elkins (23-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) edged fellow featherweight contender Dennis Bermudez (16-7 MMA, 9-5 MMA) via narrow split decision.

Elkins, who’s No. 13 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, is likely to get a boost with this week’s new rankings after his win over honorable mention and notoriously tough Bermudez.

Elkins took his lumps in the three-round fight, but he negated much of Bermudez’s offense, relied on his wrestling, and controlled the action on the mat before surviving a late surge from his opponent.

For Elkins, a 33-year-old who has 18 fights on MMA’s biggest stage since his 2010 promotional debut, it’s the type of opportunity he relishes.

“This is why I wanted this fight,” Elkins said. “He’s going to come in, he’s going to wrestle, and he’s going to strike, and he’s going to mix it up.”

Elkins now owns a five-fight winning streak, and he’s undefeated since late 2014. So what’s next for a fighter who’s scored upsets in three of his past four victories?

Not a title shot. At least not now.

“I don’t think I deserve it yet, but I deserve a top-five guy,” he said.

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 25 Athlete Outfitting pay: Headliners combine for $20,000 payout

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UNIONDALE, N.Y – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC on FOX 25 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $140,000.

UFC on FOX 25 took place at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y., and the card aired on FOX following early prelims UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way were a pair of longtime octagon veterans. Darren Elkins (23-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC), who beat Dennis Bermudez in the co-main event, and Rafael Natal (22-8-1 MMA, 9-7-1 UFC), who lost to Eryk Anders on the preliminary card, each received $15,000 for their 17th UFC appearance.

The full UFC on FOX 25 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Chris Weidman: $10,000
def. Kelvin Gastelum: $10,000

Darren Elkins: $15,000
def. Dennis Bermudez: $10,000

Patrick Cummins: $5,000
def. Gian Villante: $10,000

Jimmie Rivera: $2,500
def. Thomas Almeida: $5,000

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos: $2,500
def. Lyman Good: $2,500

Eryk Anders: $2,500
def. Rafael Natal: $15,000

Alex Oliveira: $5,000
def. Ryan LaFlare: $5,000

Damian Grabowski: $2,500
def. Chase Sherman: $2,500

Jeremy Kennedy: $2,500
def. Kyle Bochniak: $2,500

Marlon Vera: $5,000
def. Brian Kelleher: $2,500

Junior Albini: $2,500
def. Timothy Johnson: $5,000

Shane Burgos: $2,500
def. Godofredo Pepey: $5,000

Chris Wade: $5,000
def. Frankie Perez: $2,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $3,330,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $13,653,000

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC on FOX 25, including Chris Weidman's multiple selections

While it take intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC on FOX 25 event in Uniondale, N.Y., went with as their backing tracks.

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Chris Weidman def. Kelvin Gastelum via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 3:45

Chris Weidman: “Coming Home/I Won’t Back Down” by Diddy feat. Skylar Grey/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Kelvin Gastelum: “Aguanile” by Marc Anthony

Darren Elkins def. Dennis Bermudez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-29)

Darren Elkins: “Get Ready” by Eric Herzog

N/A

Dennis Bermudez: “Hall of Fame” by The Script feat. will.i.am

Patrick Cummins def. Gian Villante via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Patrick Cummins: “Oblivion” by Grimes

Gian Villante: “The Downeaster Alexa” by Billy Joel

Jimmie Rivera def. Thomas Almeida via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-27)

Jimmie Rivera: “Conteo” by Don Omar

Thomas Almeida: “Hypnotize” by The Notorious B.I.G.

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Lyman Good via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos: “The Final Countdown” by Europe

Lyman Good: “This is Now” by Hatebreed

Eryk Anders def. Rafael Natal via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:54

Eryk Anders: “Set it Off” by Lil’ Boosie

Rafael Natal: “Bad Moon Rising” by Credence Clearwater Revival

Alex Oliveira def. Ryan LaFlare via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 1:50

Alex Oliveira: “Balada Tch Tcherere Tch Tch” by Gusttavo Lima

Ryan LaFlare: “Put On” by Young Jeezy

Chase Sherman def. Damian Grabowski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)

Chase Sherman: “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac

Damian Grabowski: “40:1” by Sabaton

Jeremy Kennedy def. Kyle Bochniak via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28

Jeremy Kennedy: “Jungle” by Andre Nickatina

Kyle Bochniak: “Into My Fist” by Mailman Carl

N/A

Marlon Vera def. Brian Kelleher via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:18

Marlon Vera: “Latinoamerica” by Calle 13

Brian Kelleher: “Shine” by Meek Mill

Junior Albini def. Timothy Johnson via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:51

Junior Albini: “It’s a Fight” by Three 6 Mafia

Timothy Johnson: “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits

Shane Burgos def. Godofredo Pepey via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)

Shane Burgos: “Invincible” by Machine Gun Kelly

Godofredo Pepey: “Till I Collapse”

Chris Wade def. Frankie Perez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Chris Wade: “HUMBLE” by Kendrick Lamar

Frankie Perez: “Suavemente” by Elvis Crespo

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 25 video highlights: Darren Elkins vs. Dennis Bermudez

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Darren Elkins had to get messy against Dennis Bermudez, but a gritty, wrestling-heavy performance paid off in a close fight.

With takedowns and back control, Elkins (23-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) edged out Bermudez (16-7 MMA, 9-5 MMA) despite a late surge, winning a split-decision victory with scores of 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28.

The featherweight bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC on FOX 25 event at NYCB LIVE at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. It aired on FOX following prelims on FOX and UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights above.

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For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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