Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman looks to halt a run of three straight defeats when he faces Kelvin Gastelum on Saturday (July 22) at UFC on Fox 25.
Weidman won the UFC world middleweight title with a stunning one-punch knockout of the great Anderson Silva in 2013. He then went on to defend the belt three times. Since then, however, the New Yorker has lost fights against Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero and Gegard Mousasi. Now, with a once-promising career in danger of fizzling out, Weidman knows he needs to get back on track with a win against Gastelum
Twenty-five-year-old Gastelum, meanwhile, seven-and-a-half years Weidman’s junior, has long been considered one of the best prospects in both the middleweight and welterweight divisions. A natural fighter, Gastelum, 13-2 (1 NC), has beaten the likes of Tim Kennedy, Johny Hendricks, Nate Marquardt and Jake Ellenberger. Having fluctuated between welterweight and middleweight throughout his career, the proud Mexican knows a win over Weidman puts him right in the frame for a shot at 185-pound gold.