Five Biggest Takeaways From UFC on FOX 25

Chris Weidman is back, ladies and gentlemen. Or at least he says he is. After an immensely disappointing three-fight losing streak which saw the former middleweight champion finished in all three defeats, Weidman righted the ship and submitted Kelvin Gastelum in the third round of their headlining bout on Long Island. But that wasn’t the […]

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Chris Weidman is back, ladies and gentlemen. Or at least he says he is. After an immensely disappointing three-fight losing streak which saw the former middleweight champion finished in all three defeats, Weidman righted the ship and submitted Kelvin Gastelum in the third round of their headlining bout on Long Island.

But that wasn’t the only highlight of the event, as the card featured some exciting slugfests in Lyman Good vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Jimmie Rivera vs. Thomas Almeida – even if Weidman’s submission was the biggest highlight by far.

In fact, the UFC’s first foray into the New York City suburbs featured several breakout performances and surprises, so let’s break it down and see what we’re left with after another strong UFC on FOX card.

5. Patrick Cummins Once Again Wins Despite Looking Like An Assault Victim

Every time Patrick Cummins wins, he looks like someone who was just mugged and assaulted. Saturday was no different, as Cummins bested Gian Villante by split decision despite the fact that his face was busted up beyond recognition.

But that’s how Cummins wins; he wins ugly. Regardless, a win is a win. Cummins has managed to work his way to a respectable 10-4 record, all with very limited striking experience and skill.

For the guy who once supposedly made Daniel Cormier cry, Cummins has etched out his own spot amongst the UFC’s light heavyweight division.

A fight with Marcel Fortuna or Misha Cirkunov make sense for Cummins.

As for Villante, his inconsistency coupled with Saturday’s defeat could point to his release from the UFC, but a prior working relationship with Scott Coker under the Strikeforce banner could lead to a contract with Bellator.

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UFC on FOX 25 Posts Lowest Overnight Ratings In History

The overnight ratings for UFC on FOX 25 are in, and they are bad. Despite having some star power and having some great fights take place on the card, the UFC did not draw well on big FOX. Saturday night was a good night for the promotion in regards to the performances that the fighters […]

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The overnight ratings for UFC on FOX 25 are in, and they are bad.

Despite having some star power and having some great fights take place on the card, the UFC did not draw well on big FOX. Saturday night was a good night for the promotion in regards to the performances that the fighters put on inside the world famous Octagon.

However, when UFC officials woke up on Sunday, the positive reaction to the event changed in a big way.

The event drew 1.64 million viewers. It would be the lowest rating, based on the overnights, for a UFC on FOX event in history. The previous low was UFC on FOX 24 back in April, which was headlined by Demetrious Johnson’s scoring a win over Wilson Reis. That show pulled in 1.74 million viewers on the overnights.

Looking back at last year’s July FOX show, which was headlined by Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko, it was the most successful summer television show in UFC history as it pulled in 2.44 million viewers.

Historically, UFC events that take place in July on FOX have been the hardest to draw big numbers in. The FOX card that aired in July of 2015 pulled in 2.29 million viewers on the overnights, which was T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao for the bantamweight title. For the history buffs out there, in 2014, the event did 2.02 million viewers on the overnights with the main event of Matt Brown vs. Robbie Lawler.

The event was headlined by a middleweight bout between former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum. Weidman, who was on a three-fight losing streak coming into this bout, beat Gastelum via third round submission in the promotion’s debut at the Nassau Coliseum.

Even though Gastelum is a good fighter, he does not have much drawing power. Weidman, on the other hand, does have some drawing abilities after beating former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva twice. He was a fighter that the show was hyped around and carried the card in terms of promotion. 

It should be noted that the overnight ratings only contain the first three fights on the main card.

The main event started after the time slot went off in the west coast. Thus, when the actual numbers come out in the next few days, viewership will be up, and it will be interesting to see how the main event peaked.

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Junior Albini on UFC on FOX 25 TKO Win: ‘I Was Ready to do Three Rounds’

Junior Albini was preparing to go the distance last night (July 22), but he didn’t have to. Albini took on Timothy Johnson as part of the UFC Fight Pass preliminary portion of UFC on FOX 25. Albini earned a first-round TKO victory. Speaking to the media after the fight, Albini said he’s happy with the […]

Junior Albini was preparing to go the distance last night (July 22), but he didn’t have to. Albini took on Timothy Johnson as part of the UFC Fight Pass preliminary portion of UFC on FOX 25. Albini earned a first-round TKO victory. Speaking to the media after the fight, Albini said he’s happy with the […]

UFC on FOX 25 Reebok Fighter Payouts: Darren Elkins Tops Everyone

UFC on FOX 25 is in the books, and now it’s time for Reebok to pay the fighters their sponsorship money. UFC on FOX 25 took place on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.Five bouts aired on the UFC Fight Pass preliminary card at 4 p.m. ET […]

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UFC on FOX 25 is in the books, and now it’s time for Reebok to pay the fighters their sponsorship money.

UFC on FOX 25 took place on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.Five bouts aired on the UFC Fight Pass preliminary card at 4 p.m. ET while four bouts aired on the FOX preliminary card at 6 p.m. ET. The main card aired on FOX at 8 p.m. ET.

The event was headlined by a middleweight bout between former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum. Dennis Bermudez vs. Darren Elkins in a featherweight bout will serve as the co-main event. Rounding out the four bout main card was Patrick Cummins vs. Gian Villante in a light heavyweight bout and Thomas Almeida vs. Jimmie Rivera in a bantamweight bout.

The full payouts include:

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

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UFC on FOX 25 Bonuses: Four Fighters Earn Extra $50,000

The UFC on FOX 25 bonuses have been revealed. Yesterday (July 22), UFC on FOX 25 took place inside Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The main card aired live on FOX, while the prelims were also seen on FOX and UFC Fight Pass. The main event saw Chris Weidman submit Kelvin Gastelum in […]

The UFC on FOX 25 bonuses have been revealed. Yesterday (July 22), UFC on FOX 25 took place inside Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The main card aired live on FOX, while the prelims were also seen on FOX and UFC Fight Pass. The main event saw Chris Weidman submit Kelvin Gastelum in […]

Chris Weidman Calls Out Michael Bisping After Big Win

At a career crossroads following three straight stoppage losses, former UFC champion Chris Weidman had his back against the wall in a big way when he met rising No. 8-ranked contender Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of last night’s (Sat., July 22, 2017) UFC on FOX 25 from Uniondale, New York. With pressure mounting to […]

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At a career crossroads following three straight stoppage losses, former UFC champion Chris Weidman had his back against the wall in a big way when he met rising No. 8-ranked contender Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of last night’s (Sat., July 22, 2017) UFC on FOX 25 from Uniondale, New York.

With pressure mounting to not only win but also win for his many family and friends in attendance near his hometown of Baldwin, New York, Weidman snapped his streak and delivered one of the most pivotal victories of his decorated UFC career (watch highlights here) by becoming the first man to stop Gastelum in the octagon by submitting the challenger with a relentless onslaught of varied takedowns culminating in a fight-ending arm-triangle choke.

A raucous celebration reverberated throughout the Nassau Coliseum as Weidman celebrated among his Long Island faithful, and the “All-American” took the moment of opportunity to call out UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, who actually took his spot in a title fight at UFC 199 in 2016 to shock the world by knocking out Luke Rockhold and winning the belt:

Weidman echoed the belief of many critics of the middleweight division’s direction, as Bisping has only defended his title once – a close decision win to retiring No. 14-ranked legend Dan Henderson nat UFC 204 last year – and has been out 2017 healing from a knee injury while chasing the massive payday of a title bout against Georges St-Pierre.

“The All-American” taunted his British divisional rival by asserting he was the champ despite a 1-3 run in his last four match-ups:

“That British bum who is crying in his freaking house right now: I’m back, baby,” Weidman said. “I’m back. What’s up? Stop hiding from the real men. Let’s go, baby. I’m the champ and everyone knows it.”

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Like Weidman, many Bisping skeptics think “The Count” is simply running from the top contenders in arguably one of MMA’s most talented landscapes, especially No. 2 Yoel Romero, who recently lost an interim title fight to Robert Whittaker at July 8’s UFC 213. But no matter what Bisping holds out for, Weidman obviously still has work to do to get a title shot.

That wouldn’t stop Bisping from replying to his callout on Twitter:

Bisping got the trash talk rolling in classic “Count” fashion, but truth be told, the British champ was actually impressed with Weidman’s insistence to keep fighting the best 185-pound fighters in successive bouts despite the tough run.

The two could certainly sell a title fight, but Bisping still seems to be holding out for what would be a much bigger title fight in St-Pierre. And Weidman’s going to need a few more wins despite the extremely strategic callout in a huge spot in New York last night.

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