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The former UFC Middleweight Champion will be fighting on his native Long Island to attempt to break a three-fight losing streak. Jon Litterine has the breakdown.

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Chris Weidman    UFC    Middleweight
Weidman defeated Kelvin Gastelum via submission (arm-triangle) at 3:45 of Round 3 at UFC on FOX 25 on Saturday in Long Island, New York.

Fantasy Analysis

And just like that, Weidman has snapped his three-fight losing streak and seemingly rehabilitated his status as an elite middleweight. Things got hairy at the end of Round 1 when Gastelum clocked the former champ with vicious left hand. Weidman may very well have been on his way to a fourth-straight loss had he not been saved by the bell, but it was a dominant effort besides that slight slip up. Weidman used his size advantage brilliantly. Knowing he was the much bigger man and could control the action in tight, Weidman landed 7/10 takedowns in the fight. Weidman landed a few big shots on the feet here and there, but he smartly went right back to his grappling game time and time again. The former UFC Middleweight Champion is back.
Kelvin Gastelum    UFC    Middleweight
Gastelum lost to Chris Weidman via submission (arm-triangle) at 3:45 of Round 3 at UFC on FOX 25 on Saturday in Long Island, New York.

Fantasy Analysis

Outside of a vicious left hand at the end of Round 1 that nearly ended the fight, Gastelum was thoroughly dominated. As an undersized middleweight, Gastelum had a very hard time dealing with a big 185-pounder in Weidman. Kelvin is a terrific wrestler and the fact he allowed Weidman to connect on 7/10 takedowns tells you all you need to know in regards to the size difference between the two men. Considering all the issues Gastelum has had making the 170-pound welterweight limit, he may have no choice but to continue to compete at middleweight. Kelvin is crazy talented and still young (25) and improving, but he is sort of in no man's land at the moment. It will be interesting to see what his next move is.
Darren Elkins    UFC    Featherweight
Elkins defeated Dennis Bermudez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC on FOX 25 on Saturday in Long Island, New York.

Fantasy Analysis

It wasn't pretty (it never is with The Damage), but Elkins once again deserved to win. Elkins caught a bit of a break in Round 1 when Bermudez slipped and allowed him to gain momentum. Elkins landed just 3/12 takedown attempts, and none of them were pretty, but that allowed him to score nearly a full round's worth of control time (4:02) en route to the victory. Elkins did a very good job of limiting Bermudez's space - a necessity when fighting an explosive opponent. Elkins is one of the toughest fighters in the world and he is never going to beat himself, but it's difficult to believe despite the strong performance that he is truly a top-10 featherweight. Still, The Damage has more than earned his spot in the rankings. He has won five in a row and hasn't lost since December 2014.
Dennis Bermudez    UFC    Featherweight
Bermudez lost to Darren Elkins via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC on FOX 25 on Saturday in Long Island, New York.

Fantasy Analysis

It's a crushing, crushing loss for Bermudez. Despite having a significant speed, strength, and power advantage, Bermudez struggled to get in a rhythm throughout the course of the fight. He best moments came in the final few minutes of Round 3. Bermudez landed just two of eight takedown attempts, a shocking low number considering all the advantages that Bermudez seemingly should have had. It was a confusing and frustrating performance for The Menace. Bermudez is a darn good fighter, but it seems unlikely at this point that he will ever get over the hump. This is a monumental setback.
Patrick Cummins    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Cummins defeated Gian Villante via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC on FOX 25 on Saturday in Long Island, New York.

Fantasy Analysis

Cummins is without a doubt one of the toughest human beings alive. He dug deep in this one to find a way to win. Knowing that his takedowns weren't landing but that they were draining Villante's energy, Cummins continuously went back to the well in hopes of wearing out his opponent - it worked. Outside of getting popped with a few huge shots early in the fight, Cummins fought extremely smart. He recognized Villante's weaknesses and he exploited them. Cummins will be 37 years old in November, so sudden improvements aren't forthcoming, but he's a tough, entertaining light heavyweight.
Gian Villante    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Villante lost to Patrick Cummins via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC on FOX 25 on Saturday in Long Island, New York.

Fantasy Analysis

Villante was visibly upset when the decision was announced, but it was the right call. As has been the case time and time again, Villante's cardio let him down. Cummins was ripe for the picking in the second half of the fight but Villante just didn't have the energy to take advantage of it. The best sign of all was that he was able to stuff four of five Cummins takedown attempts. The downside to that is that all that work drained Villante's already compromised gas tank. Any fight that lasts the entire 15 minutes is unlikely to go Villante's way. Villante has crazy power, an iron chin, and little else. A world-class athlete who has struggled to put it all together during his time in the UFC, Villante is 2-4 in his last six fights.
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