Video: Ex-champ Anderson Silva, Kelvin Gastelum face off for UFC Fight Night 122

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Anderson Silva’s return to the octagon is two months away, and promotional efforts for his showdown with Kelvin Gastelum are already underway.

Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC), who meets Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122 on Nov. 25, faced off with Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) today for the first time. The pair meet in the middleweight headliner of the UFC’s debut in mainland China, which goes down at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, and streams on UFC Fight Pass.

The pair was scheduled to fight once before at UFC 212 in June, but weeks out from the event Gastelum failed a drug test for marijuana, resulting on a short suspension which prevented him from competing.

It appears closer to coming to fruition this time, though, and at least Silva didn’t have to face off with himself.

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For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Anderson Silva vs. Kelvin Gastelum official for UFC's Shanghai debut main event

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A fight that was supposed to happen a couple times already now is official to headline the UFC’s visit to Shanghai this fall.

Former UFC middleweight champion and all-time great Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) will take on Kelvin Gastelum (14-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in the headliner of the UFC’s debut in mainland China, set to take place at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on Nov. 25. UFC officials confirmed the previously reported fight overnight.

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The pair originally was set to meet at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, but Gastelum had to be pulled from the bout after testing positive for marijuana metabolites in a test stemming from a previous bout with Vitor Belfort. A suitable replacement couldn’t be found for Silva, who ended up off the card altogether.

Gastelum then suggested a meeting in Long Island, New York, at UFC on FOX 25 less than a month ago. Gastelum got a spot on the show, but fought another ex-champ – Chris Weidman. Gastelum suffered a third-round submission, which was his first loss since a split-decision setback to Neil Magny in 2015.

The fight will be Silva’s first appearance since February, when a close decision win over Derek Brunson at UFC 208 snapped a four-fight losing skid. Silva had a decision victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 183 later overturned after both fighters failed doping tests, and his two fights before that were title-fight losses to Chris Weidman. His win over Brunson was his first victory since October 2012 against Stephan Bonnar.

Before his title-costing loss to Weidman, however, the record-breaking former champion was on a 17-fight victorious run. Silva still is widely considered one of the best to ever grace the cage.

For more on UFC Fight Night in Shanghai, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Reports: Anderson Silva vs. Kelvin Gastelum targeted for UFC Fight Night in Shanghai

It didn’t happen in Rio de Janeiro or New York, but it seems Kelvin Gastelum will finally get to add another chapter to his legend-hunting mission against former UFC champion Anderson Silva.

According to multiple reports, the middleweights have agreed to meet in the headliner of the UFC’s debut in mainland China, set to take place at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on Nov. 25.

FloCombat.com first reported the news.

The middleweights were originally set to meet at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, but Gastelum (14-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) had to be pulled from the bout after testing positive for marijuana metabolites in a test stemming from a previous bout with Vitor Belfort. A suitable replacement couldn’t be found for Silva  (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC), who ended up out of the card altogether.

Gastelum then suggested a meeting in Long Island, New York, which hosted UFC on FOX 25 on July 22. Gastelum got the date but ended up meeting another ex-champ in Chris Weidman. Gastelum suffered a third-round submission, which also meant his first loss since a split decision to Neil Magny in 2015.

This will be Silva’s first octagon outing since February, when a close decision win over Derek Brunson at UFC 208 snapped a two-fight losing skid. Silva, who had a decision victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 183 later overturned after both fighters failed doping tests, hadn’t had an official UFC win since 2012.

Before his title-costing loss to Weidman, however, the record-breaking former champion was on a 17-fight victorious run. Silva is still widely considered one of the best to ever grace the octagon.

For more on UFC Fight Night in Shanghai, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Twitter Mailbag: Between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, who needs UFC 214 win more?

Does the main event rematch at UFC 214 mean more to the champion or the challenger? Is the women’s featherweight title fight as big a mismatch as some seem to think? And who would benefit most (and least) from more available weight classes?

All that and more in this week’s Twitter Mailbag. To ask a question of your own, tweet to @BenFowlkesMMA.

Daniel Cormier needs it more, and I will entertain no arguments to the contrary.

If Jon Jones loses this, hey, it was ring rust. He’s fought once in the last two and a half years, and he looked a little off his game even then. Jumping straight back into the fire against the UFC light heavyweight champ is a tough night of work. But even if he loses, he’s still 1-1 against Cormier. All that tells us is that we need to see the rubber match.

If Cormier loses, however? That’s it. Everything Jones said comes true. No one will want to see a third fight. His title reign is retroactively delegitimized. He goes down in MMA history as the greatest rival to the greatest 205-pounder. Suddenly he’s a chapter in someone else’s story rather than the hero of his own. That’s heavy stuff, man.

Cormier has to win this. Jones has other options.

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I touched on this in a column earlier this week, but riddle me this: Since when was winning part of the problem for him? I’m not inclined to do Diego Sanchez-style YES cartwheels just because a fighter makes it to the cage without getting himself arrested or suspended. And since winning was never the problem, how can it be the solution?

We won’t know whether or not the problematic past is really the past until it repeats itself … or doesn’t.

Whoa there. Slow way down. Since we have not yet made it to fight night without issue, let’s just take these Jones fights one at a time.

The why not part is simple. It’s because Cristiane Justino is a terrifying opponent for the best women in her weight class, and Tonya Evinger is coming up from a division below. She’s not going to be able to fling the bigger, stronger “Cyborg” to the mat the way she often does with other bantamweights. She’s probably also not going to be able to grind her down from top position or maul her until she gives up a submission. Style-wise, it’s a nightmare match-up for Evinger.

At the same time, she’s an experienced fighter with very little to lose here. She stepped up as a replacement. She said yes to an opponent so scary that the last champion fled rather than face her. Even if she gets knocked out in the first minute, she was willing to try. Considering how many others aren’t, I think that warrants some respect.

I was feeling great until you went and bummed me out. So thanks for that. But fine, I see your point. Robbie Lawler’s been fighting these hitters since back when Dana White and Joe Rogan both had hair. Donald Cerrone has made a name for himself as the anyone-at-anytime type of fighter, stepping in even when he might be better off hanging back.

Both these guys have put their bodies through the wringer. The very good odds that they’ll do so again at UFC 214 is what makes this fight so exciting. It’s two men known for their willingness to administer and absorb physical punishment, and together they represent a violence sandwich that we can’t resist.

At what cost? I don’t think we know that yet. Neither do they.

First of all, Snoop Dogg isn’t a fighter, and even for fighters marijuana usually isn’t a problem if it’s out of competition. It’s probably the most harmful and at least somewhat useful drug an athlete could use.

Think of it this way: If it were Don Frye sitting there and doing commentary as he downed tequila shots, would we be concerned about his influence on the fighters? Actually, I might have just accidentally talked myself into agreeing with you. Crap.

I’d be surprised if Luke Rockhold’s chief concern was the schedule of boxing events. He hasn’t fought in over a year, many of the other top middleweights are either spoken for or indisposed of at the moment, and, at least according to Rockhold on Twitter, Yoel Romero turned him down. What’s a former champ supposed to do?

David Branch doesn’t have a big name, but he was a WSOF champ, and he’s coming off a UFC win. Maybe Rockhold could have waited around for something flashier, but how long do you want him to sit on the sidelines while the division heats up all around him?

More weight classes means more champions, so that right there is a pro for fighters. Someone like Kelvin Gastelum would no longer have to choose between being undersized and being punished for an unsuccessful attempt at a brutal weight cut. Plus, with more weight classes to reinvent themselves, fighters who are stonewalled in one division would be in easier reach of another. That’s a lot of pros and no major cons for the people doing the fighting.

There are also plenty of pros for promoters. You know how the UFC loves any excuse to put a gold belt in its commercials. More champions means it’ll have an easier time finding title fights to spruce up its events. The only big con is that champions usually see a significant pay bump, even when they aren’t all major draws. Plus, keeping the roster size manageable is already a challenge for the UFC. How will it cope with more weight classes to fill?

But it’s the fans who could face the biggest downside. It can get confusing trying to keep up with too many different divisions and champions, especially if fighters keep jumping between them. And some weight classes are already low on talent. If you create more divisions that may siphon fighters from already shallow divisions, and then what does it mean to be the UFC champion of a weight class with only five or six people in it?

Still, the sport often has a way of readjusting itself around these new realities. And if it’s safer and healthier for the fighters, a little extra confusion for fans and managerial headaches for the UFC may be worth it.

Hearing Germaine de Randamie say that people told her to commit suicide when she refused to fight Justino is both upsetting and totally unsurprising. It’s one thing to disagree with someone’s career choice, and even to voice your displeasure with their decisions on social media. How someone makes the leap from there to “kill yourself” is baffling to me.

I get that it’s an internet thing, sort of like the scorched earth version of “delete your account.” I also get that people, mostly kids and teenagers, have committed suicide over exactly that kind of online harassment.

Chances are that de Randamie is not going to be quite so affected by the words of strangers on the internet, but it’s also not going to want to make her spend time on social media interacting with MMA fans. And wasn’t that supposed to be one of the things we liked about this sport, how the fighters were accessible, especially in the online world? If you turn that online world into a trash fire, you can’t expect anyone to want to hang out there.

Ben Fowlkes is MMAjunkie and USA TODAY’s MMA columnist. Follow him on Twitter at @BenFowlkesMMA. Twitter Mailbag appears every Thursday on MMAjunkie.

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The best from UFC on FOX 25

The door is closed on UFC on FOX 25, which took place Saturday at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y. The card aired on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass and featured former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) earning a submission victory over Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in the main event.

MMAjunkie was on-site for the event bringing the most thorough coverage from beginning to end. The UFC’s debut in Long Island proved to be an eventful one, and in case you happened to miss any of the fight-night or post-fight coverage, here are five items (in no particular order) to see before moving past UFC on FOX 25.

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1. Junior Albini says UFC on FOX 25 bonus means daughter will no longer have to play with empty shampoo bottles

2. Chris Weidman calls out ‘British bum’ Michael Bisping, who fires back on Twitter in typical fashion

3. Chris Weidman claims he’s the best, though he’s not – or is he? Here’s where it gets complicated

4. Patrick Cummins’ face was a ridiculous mess after UFC on FOX 25

5. Kelvin Gastelum planning welterweight return after loss to ‘really strong’ Chris Weidman

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

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5 thoughts to ponder after UFC on FOX 25

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UFC on FOX 25 is in the books, and while the card apparently didn’t attract much interest by drawing the lowest overnight ratings in the history of the series, there were some compelling moments and storylines coming out of Saturday’s FOX-televised event at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y.

Here are some takeaways from UFC on FOX 25, which saw former UFC middleweight Chris Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) snap a three-fight losing skid with a third-round submission of Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in the main event.

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Chris Weidman is still very good.

It was fairly surprising a fighter of Weidman’s caliber was sitting on three consecutive losses, but rough patches happen in MMA, and the “All-American” never gave up hope despite more than two years of disappointment.

Although he’s already being discredited for beating “a bloated welterweight,” Weidman’s performance against a rising star like Gastelum showed he has more left to offer. Weidman never let outside noise trickle in and always felt he would reestablish himself, which he did with the submission win.

There are fair questions about Weidman’s chin after getting dropped by Gastelum and taking considerable damage from Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero and Gegard Mousasi. However, if that flaw forces Weidman to transition into a more grappling-heavy style, that probably caters best to his skillset going forward, anyway, because there are few in the division capable of hanging with him on the mat.

Kelvin Gastelum probably belongs at welterweight.

It was only four months ago that we were pleading for Gastelum to drop the talk of a return to welterweight after his destruction of Vitor Belfort, but the loss to Weidman showed he was probably onto something, after all.

Gastelum can be a serviceable fighter at 185 pounds, but at welterweight his ceiling is likely a lot higher. He struggled madly with the size and strength of Weidman, and as he moves further up in competition in the weight class, those factors will be even more prominent.

“The Ultimate Fighter 17” winner said the loss will change him for the better. If he lives up to his word and gets his act together on diet and discipline, he should get one final chance to see what he can do 170 pounds, but there’s going to be no room for error.

Darren Elkins and Team Alpha Male deserve more credit.

The emergence of Darren Elkins (23-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) as a true featherweight threat has been an interesting storyline to follow, and it’s no coincidence the success coincides with his move to Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, Calif.

Team Alpha Male has had its turbulent moments, but the corner crew of Justin Buchholz, Danny Castillo and Chris Holdsworth have had many more successes than failures of late, and Elkins’ five-fight winning streak, capped off by a split-decision win over Dennis Bermudez, should be one of their prouder achievements.

Elkins’ style won’t ever have fans lining up at the box office, but his ability to ware opponents down through any situation is commendable. How far he can take this run remains to be seen, but the fact he has the second most wins in UFC featherweight history behind only champ Max Holloway means he can’t be ignored as a threat.

Patrick Cummins wears it like few others.

When Patrick Cummins’ (10-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) career is done someone needs to compile an album of his face after every fight. Win or lose, Cummins leaves the octagon looking like he just came out of a car wreck, and that was no different in his split-decision win over Gian Villante.

Cummins’ chin hasn’t always held up, but it did against Villante, and actually led him into a situation where he was able to out-strike his opponent, which was a surprise.

The inconsistent nature of Cummins’ career makes his fights hard to predict, but the common theme is that it’s not going to be an easy night for anyone when “Durkin” steps in the cage.

Dominick Cruz is an excellent broadcaster who still needs work.

Going through a nearly seven-hour broadcast without flaw is an impossible feat. No other sport requires such endurance in the broadcast booth, and while Dominick Cruz has quickly become of the best to do it, his latest work alongside Brian Stann and Jon Anik showed he needs to better round out the ideas he presents to viewers.

Cruz is as knowledgeable and insightful as anyone in the sport from a technical perspective, but his attempt to juggle commentary with fight scoring revealed flaws in his ideologies. Perpetuating the dated idea that a late, ineffective takedown from a fighter losing a round can “steal” it for them is wrong, especially under the new scoring criteria.

It’s nitpicky, but fight commentary is a huge influence of the narrative viewers take away. Cruz, Stann, Joe Rogan and all the rest provide brilliant analysis, but when it comes to the (admittedly confusing) rules and regulations, there needs to be greater caution.

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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Chris Weidman claims he's the best, though he's not – or is he? Here's where it gets complicated

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For Chris Weidman, the nightmare is over. At least for now. Three straight losses, each a different variety of combat sports heartbreak, like some black cloud trailing him on his fall down the middleweight ranks.

Then at NYCB LIVE at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night, Weidman(14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) latched onto an arm-triangle choke against Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in the UFC on FOX 25 main event, and you could feel the sun breaking through.

One win. It didn’t come easy and it wasn’t for a title. It wasn’t even against an established middleweight, but so what?

In front of a hometown crowd in Uniondale, N.Y., Weidman walked into the fight that he absolutely could not lose, and then he got put on his butt in the first round. To get up and win after that, it might just be the stuff that career resurrections are made of. Certainly Weidman seems to think so.

“I’m the champ,” Weidman said after his win. “I’m the best guy in the world, and I think people know that.”

For the sake of context, it’s important to note that he had been talking about Michael Bisping at the time. As in, the same Bisping who is the current owner of the UFC middleweight title, which he took from Luke Rockhold, who in turn took it from Weidman.

There’s no confusion about that process. All those title exchanges came in fights that were violently and unambiguously ended by their victors without controversy or question. Weidman is not the champ anymore – at least not of the UFC’s middleweight division. But could he be? That’s where it gets tricky.

As of a few days ago, the book on Weidman told the tale of a flawless rise and sudden fall. He didn’t lose at all until he did, and then he couldn’t win. Now he’s beaten a former welterweight, and he wants us to believe he’s the best again, or maybe even that he never stopped being the best, those three straight losses notwithstanding, and who’s to say that might not be true under the right circumstances?

This is a consequence of having a stacked middleweight division, but also of having a current champ who somehow still seems unproven after more than a decade in the UFC.

The top five or six fighters at 185 pounds right now are all good enough that, on any given night, it’s feasible that anybody could beat anybody else. And they all seem to regard Bisping as easy pickings, making it a race to see who can get to him first.

Enter Weidman, who’s 1-3 in his past four and yet somehow asking for a title shot. His reasoning? The current top contender and interim champ, Robert Whittaker, is clearly more deserving but also likely sidelined with a knee injury until 2018. And with Bisping in desperate need of a real title defense to legitimize his reign, preferably soon, why not at least toss his name in the hat?

It sounds like a long shot until you think about it for 30 seconds. Crazier things have happened, especially in the UFC and especially lately.

That’s why the question of who the best is starts to feel like one where the answer shifts depending on how you ask it. The guy with the main belt? He’d likely be an underdog in a fight with any of his top five peers. The guy with the other belt? He’d likely be the favorite, even if he’s not up to it at the moment.

So who’s the best? That’s the part we haven’t sorted out yet. And in the confusion and chaos, a former champ like Weidman – who hit a tough skid but in exactly the way that could happen to anyone in this talent-rich weight class – might as well stake his claim. At the very least he might succeed in baiting someone at the top into trying to prove him wrong.

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

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Kelvin Gastelum planning welterweight return after loss to 'really strong' Chris Weidman

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Kelvin Gastelum has never believed competing in the middleweight division would lend to the maximization of his fighting potential. Losing to Chris Weidman in the UFC on FOX 25 main event only further reenforced that notion.

Gastelum (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) was essentially booted out of the welterweight division by UFC President Dana White this past November after he missed weight for a third time. The move up to 185 pounds went swimmingly to start, with Gastelum putting on some shining performances.

Although he was unbeaten at middleweight prior to UFC on FOX 25, the loss to Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) appeared to largely stem from the fact he was overmatched in the size and strength departments. He had moments of success in FOX-televised bout at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y., but ultimately struggled on the mat and succumbed to a third-round submission.

“He felt really big, he felt really strong,” Gastelum told reporters at the UFC on FOX 25 post-fight news conference, which MMAjunkie attended. “These things happen. Coming into the fight, you’ve got a 50 percent chance of winning and you’ve got a 50 percent chance of losing. He caught me fair and square.”

Despite taking the loss as graciously as one could, Gastelum said the fight was an eye-opening experience. He’s never been hesitant to declare he can achieve great things at middleweight, but at welterweight he feels he can be UFC champion.

The outcome of his bout with Weidman provided further evidence in his mind, and Gastelum said he’s going to campaign to again move down in weight, but this time he’ll make sure to do it right.

“I feel like 170 is my home,” Gastelum said. “I feel like I need to reassess some things (and) change my lifestyle up a little bit. I’m already planning on going to (Las) Vegas to the UFC (Performance) Institute. They have great dietitians there that I’m going to be working with and strength and conditioning coaches that I’m going to be working with. I think my next fight should be 170.”

Had the result been different, the narrative of Gastelum’s career would likely be different and he would be in the thick of the discussion for a future 185-pound title fight. It nearly happened, too – Gastelum dropped Weidman with a thunderous punch in the closing seconds of the first round.

Gastelum believed he would have finished the fight had there been slightly more time on the clock, and while it would be easy to obsess over the what-ifs, Gastelum said he accepts the result and will move forward – hopefully in a different weight class.

“I wanted 30 more seconds and I could have finished the fight,” Gastelum said. “But it’s OK. These things happen.”

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

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Twitter reacts to Chris Weidman's submission of Kelvin Gastelum at UFC on FOX 25

Chris Weidman’s long journey back to the win column finally came to an end on Saturday when he defeated Kelvin Gastelum in the UFC on FOX 25 main event.

Former middleweight champ Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) snapped a three-fight losing skid and earned his first victory since May 2015 when he beat Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) by third-round submission in the FOX-televised headliner at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Weidman’s victory.

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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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