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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 That weekend for UFC on Fox 25.

The main event features a fascinating middleweight conflict with New York native Chris Weidman looking to end an ugly string of conflicts against Kelvin Gastelum.
The remaining portion of the card features several fun fights for some hardcore fans. Keep an eye on Jimmie Rivera vs Thomas Almeida, which has serious struggle of the nighttime possible.
Weidman (+140), the former UFC middleweight champion, is needing a win in this bout to prove that he belongs among the division’s elite. ‘The All-American’ is a pressure-based fighter in the game who’ll push ahead behind a stable, if occasionally loose jab. Weidman likes to throw kicks and he can do this at all three levels with a preference toward the waist. The largest problem is his propensity to move in a straight line, both forward and backward.
This stress helps Weidman push his opponent to the cage where he could begin to work his fighting match. He’ll throw diverse attacks in the clinch and this helps open his wrestling. A former D1 wrestler, Weidman’s takedown technique is eloquent and he uses it both defensively and offensively. Once he’s on the mat, you can really see Weidman shine with his mix of wrestling ability along with his black belt in BJJ.
Gastelum (-170) gets the aggression and speed in the striking department to help conquer his size disadvantage . He overwhelms his opponent with quantity and will always probe with his jab. He’s primarily a boxer in the standup game but his toes are only as dangerous as a result of his pace and movement. Combining this pressure together with his ability to maintain his lead foot on the outside makes Gastelum lethal on the feet.
Gastelum’s athleticism helps greatly in his wrestling game, as his takedowns are mostly based in an opportunistic explosion. That doesn’t help with his shield, as he is far from the top defensively. Gastelum has always had trouble against high quality wrestlers and that may only grow given the leap up to middleweight.
This is an intriguing fight for the future of the 185-pound division. The branch is deep with talent however only one of both of these fighters could be considered elite moving ahead. That having been said, Weidman and Gastelum are both likely two wins away from a title shot with the division being congested.

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