18 Jul UFC on Fox: Weidman vs Gastelum Betting Odds Preview
The UFC sets up shop in Long Island, New York for the first time in history this weekend for UFC on Fox 25.
The main event features a fascinating middleweight battle with New York native Chris Weidman trying to finish an ugly series of conflicts against Kelvin Gastelum.
The remaining portion of the card features some fun fights for some hardcore fans. Keep a watch on Jimmie Rivera vs Thomas Almeida, that has serious fight of the night potential.
Weidman (+140), the former UFC middleweight champion, is in need of a win in this bout to prove he belongs among the division’s elite. ‘The All-American’ is a pressure-based fighter at the game who will push ahead behind a steady, if occasionally loose jab. Weidman likes to throw kicks and he can do so at all three levels with a taste toward the midsection. The biggest issue is his propensity to move in a straight line, both forward and backward.
This stress helps Weidman push his competitor to the cage where he can begin to work his fighting match. He will throw diverse strikes in the clinch and this will help open up his wrestling. A former D1 wrestler, Weidman’s takedown method is eloquent and he uses it both defensively and offensively. Once he is on the mat, then you really can see Weidman glow with his combination of wrestling ability and his black belt in BJJ.
Gastelum (-170) has the aggression and speed in the striking section to help overcome his size disadvantage . He overwhelms his competitor with quantity and will always probe with his jab. He’s primarily a fighter at the standup game but his feet are just as dangerous as a result of his pace and movement. Combining this pressure with his ability to maintain his lead foot on the outside makes Gastelum lethal on the toes.
Gastelum’s athleticism helps considerably in his wrestling game, as his takedowns are largely based on an opportunistic explosion. That doesn’t assist with his defense, as he’s far from the top defensively. Gastelum has had difficulty against high-quality wrestlers and that may only grow given the jump up to middleweight.
This is an interesting fight for the future of the 185-pound division. The branch is deep with talent however one of these two fighters can be considered elite moving ahead. That being said, Weidman and Gastelum are both likely two wins away from a title taken with the division being congested.
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