UFC on Fox 25 ‘Weidman vs. Gastelum’ Play-by-Play & Results

Jul 22, 2017


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Frankie Perez vs. Chris Wade

Round 1

Wade fires off a left high kick and pressures Perez backward to the fence, where the lightweights tie up and Wade begins looking for a trip. Wade drags Perez to the mat inside the opening minute, peppering with left hands as he passes to half guard, then tries to move to the back. Perez turtles up until he's able to scramble back to his feet; once he stands, Perez spins Wade against the wall, then drops to try a takedown of his own. Wade stuffs the shot at first, but Perez stays wrapped around his legs and pulls him to the ground. Ninety seconds left in the round as Perez continues to cling to Wade's lower half. Wade uses a kimura to work back to his feet, but Perez trips him straight back to the floor, this time putting Wade on his back. Wade sweeps to top position and holds Perez in a headlock as the pace slows in the last minutes.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Perez
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Wade
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Perez

Round 2

Wade takes the center of the cage and uses a variety of kicks and jabs to keep the circling Perez out of the pocket. Perez stuffs a takedown attempt from the wrestler, but Wade fires a kick up the center which seems to get his opponent's attention. Seconds later, Wade shoots again and this time succeeds in taking Perez to the canvas. Perez tries to walk off the wall and catch Wade in a reverse triangle. When that doesn't materialize, Perez looks to kick off and flip over top of Wade, but Wade stays heavy on top and keeps him pinned. Inside 90 seconds left, Perez moves over to the base of the fence and tries to stand. Wade won't let him escape, however, and holds Perez against the cage while tying up his legs. Perez finally climbs back to his feet just before the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Wade
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Wade
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Wade

Round 3

Perez opens with a quick right hand over the top and touches the body of Wade with a couple kicks in the opening 30 seconds. Wade moves in to clinch, jams Perez against the fence for a few seconds, but Perez reverses and separates. Wade stings Perez with a punch and tries to rush into the pocket with a follow-up knee; Perez is waiting and hits a quick takedown, but Wade sweeps to top position almost instantly. Wade postures up in Perez's open guard, now halfway through the final round. Perez tries to kick him away, but Wade comes back to the ground in side control. Perez reclaims full guard, kicks away again and scrambles to his feet. Wade follows and tries to hold Perez on the wall. Perez uses over-unders to put Wade's back against the fence, and the lightweights finally separate with 30 seconds remaining. Wade shoots one last shot, but Perez drops to his knees and finishes the round dropping hammerfists on Wade's body.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Wade (29-28 Wade)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Wade (30-27 Wade)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Wade (29-28 Wade)

The Official Result

Chris Wade def. Frankie Perez via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) R3 5:00

Shane Burgos vs. Godofredo Pepey

Round 1

Both featherweights come out firing hard, if not very accurate, punches. "Pepey" connects with a looping right hand, slips to the ground and scrambles back to his feet before Burgos can capitalize. Burgos walks down the Brazilian, backing up Castro to the fence as they fight into the second minute. Castro tries a takedown, can't get it, and instead is sent to the canvas by a Burgos knee. Burgos wants Castro back on his feet; as soon as the Brazilian stands, Burgos tees off with punches which bloody Castro's nose. Referee Keith Peterson orders Castro to stand again; this time, Pepey wraps up Burgos against the fence and tries to ride him to the ground. Burgos resists the takedown and separates, then begins stalking forward on Castro again. Castro whiffs on a spinning kick, misses with a punch behind it and gets zapped by Burgos' counter right hand. Burgos shrugs off another takedown attempt, but Castro comes back and clinches to hold Burgos on the wall for the final 20 seconds.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-8 Burgos
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-8 Burgos
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-8 Burgos

Round 2

Castro works from his back foot again in round two, trying to fend off Burgos with jabs. Burgos dodges almost every punch thrown by the Brazilian, however, and continues to catch "Pepey" with speedy right hands. Castro tries to pull guard, motions for Burgos to follow him to the ground, but Burgos is having none of it. Halfway through the round, Castro pulls guard again. Burgos stands, and when referee Peterson orders Castro to do the same, Castro is slow to get up. After some more backpedaling, Castro repeats the sequence, again slow to stand when the ref tells him to get up. Castro begins slapping his head, taunting Burgos to come forward and then trying to counter, but Castro's punches bounce harmlessly off Burgos' body. Burgos keeps pumping his jab as he walks forward, gets pulled into Castro's guard in the final 20 seconds and finishes the round dropping hammerfists.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Burgos
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Burgos
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Burgos

Round 3

Castro comes out windmilling sloppy overhand rights which bounce off Burgos' shoulders. Burgos snipes back with hard, accurate jabs which rock Castro's head and force him to backpedal again. Burgos snuffs out a long shot from Castro, then resumes stalking him. Castro is landing almost nothing at this point, and while Burgos' accuracy has dropped off, he continues to land stinging punches through the middle of the final round. "Pepey" tries a takedown at the fence but abandons the shot after taking several punches and elbows to the side of the head. Burgos drops Castro with a blistering body shot, then strolls off, looking for ref Peterson to stop the fight. Castro motions for Burgos to come to the ground, then barely manages to get back on his feet. Burgos knocks Castro to the ground one last time in the closing moments, gets wrapped up in the Brazilian's guard and finishes with hammerfists.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Burgos (30-26 Burgos)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Burgos (30-26 Burgos)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Burgos (30-26 Burgos)

The Official Result

Shane Burgos def. Godofredo Castro via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28) R3 5:00

Junior Albini vs. Timothy Johnson

Round 1

Johnson backs up Albini with a flurry of punches, but the Brazilian circles out to the center and tags Johnson with a clean kick to the ribs. Johnson barges his way into the pocket with straight punches, digs an underhook and traps Albini against the wall. Johnson uses his free left hand to pepper Albini's body and head with short punches as they grapple on the fence. Two minutes in, Albini separates and the heavyweights move back to the center of the cage. Albini catches Johnson stepping inside, tagging the American with a left hook. This gets Johnson backing up, and Albini steps inside with a nasty knee to the breadbasket and follow-up left hook. A right hand comes behind it, putting Johnson on the ground, and Albini needs only a couple more punches to force referee John McCarthy into action.

The Official Result

Junior Albini def. Timothy Johnson via TKO (Punches) R1 2:51

Brian Kelleher vs. Marlon Vera

Round 1

Kelleher looks to get inside on the taller Vera in the opening minute, but once he finds the opening to shoot, Kelleher is unable to complete the takedown attempt. Vera is backed up to the fence, however, and he absorbs a hard body shot from "Boom" as they disengage. Kelleher shoots again, grabbing for a single-leg, but again Vera uses wrist control to neutralize the attempt. Vera gets hold of a standing kimura, keeps the lock in place as the bantamweights hit the ground, then switches to an extremely tight armbar. Kelleher taps almost before the arm is fully extended.

The Official Result

Marlon Vera def. Brian Kelleher via Submission (Armbar) R1 2:18

Kyle Bochniak vs. Jeremy Kennedy

Round 1

Bochniak sprints across the cage to throw a hook, and Kennedy ducks straight under the punch to complete a quick takedown within 10 seconds of the opening horn. The featherweights move from the center of the cage toward the outside, with Bochniak fending off Kennedy's attempts to pass guard. Kennedy wraps up Bochniak around the waist as the Massachusetts native attempts to stand. Halfway through the round, Kennedy remains on top, in Bochniak's butterfly guard. Bochniak looks for a guillotine from the bottom, but the choke doesn't materialize. Bochniak rolls to his knees and then stands up, scraping Kennedy off his back in the transition. The 145ers finally separate with 90 seconds on the clock. Kennedy catches Bochniak in the Thai clinch and throws three knees to the body before changing levels for another effortless takedown, this time in the center of the cage. "JBC" keeps Bochniak trapped on the bottom for the final minute of the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Kennedy
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Kennedy
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Kennedy

Round 2

Bochniak presses forward to land a right hand in the opening moments of the round, but his momentum is quickly halted by another Kennedy takedown. Kennedy jams Bochniak up against the base of the fence, controlling the American with a body lock. Bochniak gets to his knees, then back to his feet with 3:20 remaining in the middle frame. Kennedy trips "Crash" back to the ground 10 seconds later and continues to muscle Bochniak against the wall. Bochniak works from his knees back to his feet again, this time eating a few under-the-arm punches from Kennedy along the way. Kennedy scores another takedown, his fifth of the bout, still with two minutes on the clock in round two. Bochniak escapes to his feet again, only to be driven back to the canvas in the center of the cage. The Canadian is crushing Bochniak with top pressue, leaving him no room to escape away from the fence. Kennedy connects with a couple solid right hands on the floor just before the end of the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Kennedy
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Kennedy
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Kennedy

Round 3

Bochniak thwarts Kennedy's first takedown attempt of the round and then presses forward on the Canadian, backing him up toward the fence. Kennedy gets his head snapped back with a right hand but comes back to hit Bochniak with a clinch knee to the body. Kennedy is looking tired as he circles to his left, his back almost touching the cage. Bochniak looks to be the fresher fighter, still throwing punches with some power behind them. A low kick from Bochniak strays to the cup of Kennedy, and referee Todd Anderson pauses the fight to give "JBC" some recovery time. Action resumes with 3:10 on the clock, and Bochniak once again finds the mark with a right hand over the top. Kennedy eats another right hand and goes shooting for a takedown at the fence. Bochniak tries to extract his legs from the double, then hunts for a kimura, but Kennedy is tenacious and completes the takedown inside the final two minutes. Kennedy looks content to ride out the final 90 seconds on the floor, wrapping up Bochniak with a tight bodylock and keeping him stuffed against the foot of the fence. Kennedy starts landing some short left hands, then goes back to controlling Bochniak, who is still trying to free himself when the final horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Kennedy (30-27 Kennedy)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Kennedy (30-27 Kennedy)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Kennedy (30-27 Kennedy)

The Official Result

Jeremy Kennedy def. Kyle Bochniak via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) R3 5:00

Chase Sherman vs. Damian Grabowski

Round 1

Sherman catches Grabowski on the nose with a short left hand, backing up the veteran against the fence. Grabowski tries to duck inside but gets shoved away by the "Vanilla Gorilla." Sherman begins mixing leg kicks into the mix as he continues to pressure Grabowski near the wall. The heavyweights tangle for a moment, with Sherman scoring a knee to the body before separating. Grabowski comes over the top with a windmill right hand, countered by Sherman with a right hook and a body kick. Grabowski is breathing heavily with 90 seconds on the clock in round one. The "Polish Pitbull" lands the overhand right again, but Sherman is able to snap off another counter, landing the harder shot of the exchange. Grabowski absorbs a few more leg kicks and gives an audible yelp of pain as Sherman attacks in the closing seconds of the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Sherman
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Sherman
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Sherman

Round 2

It's more of the same from Sherman as round two begins, pressuring Grabowski with hard, accurate strikes while the Polish fighter struggles to string together consistent offense from his back foot. Sherman's leg kicks, which nearly chopped down Grabowski in the opening frame, are still adding up here in the second. Sherman is easily controlling the center of the cage, keeping Grabowski on the outside. The "Vanilla Gorilla" begins to pick up the pace late in the round after stuffing a Grabowski takedown attempt. Sherman swarms the grappler with punches in the last minute and delivers a hard knee to the gut. Grabowski swings and, thankfully, misses with a big right hand which would have landed well after the horn.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Sherman
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Sherman
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Sherman

Round 3

Grabowski looks to rush Sherman with punches early in the final frame, but the "Pitbull" soon finds himself with his back against the fence, Sherman throwing punches from a foot away. Grabowski comes off the fence with an overhand left, and Sherman backs off a bit, evading the punch but giving Grabowski some room to work in the center. Sherman lands a left hook, then a straight right, and Grabowski answers with a body punch. Sherman continues to throw combinations, usually finishing with a low kick, but the strikes have slowed significantly with two minutes left in the bout. Grabowski lands an overhand right, shoots for a double-leg from way out and gets shoved away. Sherman backs up the Pole against a cage post and attacks with a punching combination; Grabowski tries to clinch up and gets spun against the wall, then slugged with a right hand on the break. Inside the final minute now, both big men are looking tired, plodding around the perimeter of the Octagon. Grabowski looks for a last-ditch takedown attempt and winds up with his back on the fence at the end of the bout.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Sherman (30-27 Sherman)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Sherman (30-27 Sherman)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Sherman (30-27 Sherman)

The Official Result

Chase Sherman def. Damian Grabowski via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27) R3 5:00

Ryan LaFlare vs. Alex Oliveira

Round 1

LaFlare circles for 30 seconds before changing levels for a double in the center of the cage. Oliveira blocks the takedown, so LaFlare comes up top and shoves "Cowboy" against the cage with a body lock. LaFlare trips the Brazilian to the ground, where Oliveira throws up a short-lived armbar attempt. Now it's LaFlare on top, working from side control on Oliveira's left side, now moving to north-south position. Oliveira breaks up a north-south choke attempt, so LaFlare goes back to side control and drives his knee into Oliveira's ribs. LaFlare leans across Oliveira's body to frame up a kimura, but Oliveira bucks him back to half guard. Inside the final minute of round one, LaFlare continues to pin Oliveira to the canvas with heavy pressure from side control.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 LaFlare
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 LaFlare
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 LaFlare

Round 2

Oliveira stays on his feet in the early going of round two, landing a right hand which opens a cut on LaFlare's nose and then tacking on some chopping low kicks. LaFlare dodges a pair of wild punches and ducks under to try another takedown, but "Cowboy" isn't having it and shoves him away. LaFlare comes charging into the pocket to throw a left hand and gets blown up by a perfectly timed uppercut counter from Oliveira. LaFlare hits the canvas face-first, and Oliveira strolls away with a sudden and stunning knockout victory.

The Official Result

Alex Oliveira def. Ryan LaFlare via KO (Punch) R2 1:50

Rafael Natal vs. Eryk Anders

Round 1

The middleweights exchange some probing punches and low kicks in the center of the cage before Anders connects with a cracking left straight. Natal backs up a few steps but quickly regains his composure, and now tries to take down Anders with a double-leg in the center of the cage. Anders denies the shot and chases "Sapo" back to the outside, landing a knee and follow-up punches. Natal flees to the other side of the cage, but he's followed by Anders, who hustles the Brazilian back to the canvas. Anders sits atop Natal and drops a couple heavy punches, but Sapo is able to slip loose and scramble to his feet. Anders gives Natal no space to work, launching another attack up against the fence. A straight left hand gets Natal leaning over, and Anders follows up with a second left to the jaw which sends Natal to the ground in a heap.

The Official Result

Eryk Anders def. Rafael Natal via KO (Punches) R1 2:54

Lyman Good vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Round 1

Dos Santos catches the first kick from Good and hustles the American to the ground, but Good is quickly back on his feet. Dos Santos stays glued to his opponent, dropping to try another single-leg; Good's defense is better this time as he props himself up with the help of the fence. The welterweights separate and Good grazes the face of dos Santos with a long right hook. A low kick from dos Santos chops the left leg of Good, who quickly jumps back to his feet. Midway through the round, Good presses out from the center of the cage, catches a kick from dos Santos and converts it into a takedown. Dos Santos gets to a knee, then stands up, absorbing a few punches from Good along the way. Good eats a right hand from dos Santos, but then catches another kick from the Brazilian and tries to trip him to the mat. Dos Santos keeps his balance and goes back to circling the outside, scoring with a hard knee to the midsection of Good in the final 20 seconds.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Good
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Good
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Good

Round 2

Good continues to press out from the center of the cage, staying in the face of dos Santos, who moves in angles around the edge of the cage. Good lands a right hand, covers up as dos Santos pulls the Thai clinch, and the Brazilian sneaks in a knee to the breadbasket. Dos Santos ducks under a punch and grabs Good's right leg, but he's forced to release after Good socks him with some short right hands. Good covers up again as dos Santos mounts an attack, then uncovers to fire back with a body kick. Dos Santos connects with a spinning backfist, but Good stands his ground and lands a knee to the gut in return. Dos Santos connects with a harsh jumping knee; Good barely registers the shot before swinging back with a pair of heavy punches for the Brazilian.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Good
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Good
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Good

Round 3

Good walks through a spinning kick from dos Santos and attacks with punches, but the Tiger Schulmann product is throwing a little slower here in the final frame. Dos Santos gets away from the fence and begins stringing together some solid punches as he backs up Good to the outside. Dos Santos may be the fresher fighter at this point, still launching spinning attacks and marking up Good's face with punches. Good marches forward and throws four or five quick punches to the body of dos Santos, who pulls the Thai plum and drives a knee into Good's body. With 90 seconds left, the welterweights tie up on the fence, dos Santos in the outside position. Good spins him around and separates, tries to press forward but is fended off by dos Santos' side kick to the body. Down to the final 30 seconds, Good pushes forward and zaps dos Santos with a nice right hook. It's dos Santos who gets the final word, however, as he wobbles Good with a right hand to the temple just before the horn.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 dos Santos (29-28 Good)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 dos Santos (29-28 Good)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 dos Santos (29-28 Good)

The Official Result

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Lyman Good via Split Decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29) R3 5:00

Thomas Almeida vs. Jimmie Rivera

Round 1

Almeida takes to the edge of the cage and moves to his right around Rivera, who works from the center in the tense opening minute. Rivera pressses out with a low kick, a body punch, then floors the Brazilian with a short left on the jaw. Almeida springs back to his feet, recovering quickly to clinch Rivera against the fence. The bantamweights move back to the center, where Rivera fails on a takedown attempt but manages to swipe his left hand across the face of "Thominhas" again. The 135ers trade low kicks as Almeida steps out to the center of the cage with two minutes left. Rivera drops Almeida for the second time in the round, this time with a sizzling right hook. Once again, Almeida recovers fast and jumps back to his feet. Almeida tries to clinch and instead gets shoved away after taking a knee to the gut. Rivera finishes the round with a leg kick and gets popped by Almeida's counter one-two over the top.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Rivera
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-8 Rivera
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Rivera

Round 2

Almeida looks to press the action at the start of round two, leaping at Rivera with a partially landed flying knee and then exiting the pocket with a leg kick. Rivera steps inside and slugs Almeida with a big left hook to the jaw. Almeida hardly blinks and fires back with another cracking low kick as he steps forward on the New Jerseyan. Rivera backs him up with a long left hand, but Almeida is soon moving ahead again to land more leg kicks. The bantamweights clash hands on a pair of punches, but Almeida throws a third and momentarily drops Rivera with a right cross. Rivera, too, recovers quickly, but Almeida is giving him little room to work. The Brazilian goes up top with a left high kick; Rivera eats it and keeps coming forward.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Almeida
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Almeida
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Almeida

Round 3

Rivera latches on to a single-leg and runs Almeida to the ground a few feet away from the fence. The Brazilian tries to shrimp inside and work backward to the fence, but in doing so allows Rivera to advance to side control. Almeida keeps working and gets back to his feet one minute into the round; Rivera sticks to him like glue, trapping "Thominhas" on the fence and driving knees into Almeida's legs. Almeida separates and circles out to the middle of the cage. Three minutes remain as Almeida steps forward, walking into a right hand from Rivera, who angles away after connecting. Rivera circles backward, drawing Almeida forward, and once the Brazilian gets close enough, "El Terror" clinches and hugs him against the fence. Almeida breaks free with 90 seconds left in the fight, then limp-legs out of a Rivera takedown attempt. Almeida tries a jump knee and gets driven to the ground, but he's back on his feet with 40 seconds remaining. Almeida is still coming forward when the final horn sounds, though it's Rivera connecting with counters from his back foot.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Rivera (29-28 Rivera)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Rivera (29-27 Rivera)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Rivera (29-28 Rivera)

The Official Result

Jimmie Rivera def. Thomas Almeida via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28) R3 5:00

Gian Villante vs. Patrick Cummins

Round 1

Cummins gets hold of a single-leg and tries to run Villante to the ground at the fence, but Villante keeps his footing and separates from the wrestler. Cummins shoots low again, and this time Villante is waiting with hammerfists. The 205ers go upright again and Villante puts "Durkin" on wobbly legs with a volley of punches. The fighters clash heads in an ensuing clinch, opening a cut on the left side of Cummins' head. Referee John McCarthy gives Cummins a moment to recover, and the fight resumes with 3:30 left in round one. The pace slows through the middle of the round as Cummins ties up Villante on the fence. Villante creates some separation and keeps Cummins on the end of his jab. Cummins lands a lunging right hand, shoots in behind it and takes down Villante at the fence. Villante gets back on his feet with 65 seconds left in the first frame, but Cummins keeps him trapped on the wall.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Villante
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Villante
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Villante

Round 2

Cummins catches Villante with a short left hook, waits a beat and shoots low for a single-leg. Villante yanks his leg free and circles away from the wrestler, now begins sticking his jab in the unprotected face of the incoming Cummins. Another single-leg attempt from Cummins goes by the wayside, but he continues to control the center of the cage and push forward on Villante. The New Yorker is looking tired, his hands dropping to his sides whenever Cummins gives him enough space to relax. Cummins sticks a jab and dives on a leg, but again he's only able to run Villante against the fence.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Cummins
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Cummins
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Cummins

Round 3

Villante limps away from an early Cummins takedown attempt, resets and tags Cummins with a short jab on the temple. Cummins' legs buckle momentarily, then he shoots forward and gets shoved away by the hometown fighter. Villante snuffs out another shot and tries to take off Cummins' head with an uppercut which misses by an inch. Three minutes left in the fight, and both men are looking exhausted, with Cummins also being coated in blood. Cummins trudges forward and sends Villante sideways with a left hook, then follows up with a stiff jab. Cummins connects with a pair of heavy right hands that forces Villante backward against the fence. Cummins digs an underhook and ties up Villante on the cage as the final minute ticks away. Referee McCarthy orders a restart with 40 seconds remaining; Cummins is still pressing forward when time expires.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Cummins (29-28 Cummins)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Cummins (29-28 Cummins)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Cummins (29-28 Cummins)

The Official Result

Patrick Cummins def. Gian Villante via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) R3 5:00

Dennis Bermudez vs. Darren Elkins

Round 1

The featherweights slide in and out of range in the opening minute, trading low kicks and right hands. Elkins tries to get hold of one of Bermudez's kicks and gets a left hand to the jaw instead. Bermudez nearly chops the left leg out from underneath "The Damage" with a punishing kick to the knee. Bermudez slips throwing a high kick and gets caught on the ground, as Elkins moves to take his back. Bermudez scrambles to his feet, Elkins still draped across his back, and now Elkins drags him back to the mat. Back up comes Bermudez, back down, and up again, all the while being controlled by Elkins' body lock. They separate with two minutes on the clock, and now it's Bermudez pressing forward, whiffing on a huge overhand right and getting dragged back to the floor. Elkins moves to take the back again, now secures the position with a body triangle. Elkins drops off the back as Bermudez stands up, and now it's Bermudez clinching Elkins against the fence. Elkins reverses, lifts Bermudez into the air and slams him to the mat. Bermudez springs back up and traps Elkins on the wall as the final 20 seconds tick down.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Elkins
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Elkins
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Elkins

Round 2

Bermudez barges forward with a wild flurry of punches before shooting low and having a double-leg defended at the fence. Bermudez continues to pressure Elkins, who reaches out and touches the New Yorker with a straight right hand to the grill. The wrestlers tie up with over-unders on the fence, then separate, and now it's Bermudez using fast hands to snap back Elkins' head with straight punches. Bermudez explodes into a powerful takedown, planting Elkins on his seat against a cage post. Elkins works back to his feet, where referee Dan Miragliotta warns Bermudez for grabbing the fence to keep Elkins in place. Bermudez drops low to try another double, switches to a single, but he has to abandon the takedown as Elkins threatens with a 10-finger guillotine choke. Elkins gets the back of Bermudez on the feet and drags him to the ground, though the takedown is short-lived.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Elkins
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Bermudez
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Elkins

Round 3

Bermudez traps Elkins on the fence and works the body with short punches before exiting the clinch. Elkins is sticking to the outside, circling around Bermudez, who presses out from the center with hard punches. Bermudez leaps at Elkins with a knee, allowing "The Damage" to entangle him and work for another takedown. Bermudez resists the shot and spins Elkins agains the fence, and now the featherweights separate with 2:45 left to fight. Elkins lands a clean left-handed counter which forces Bermudez backward a few steps. Bermudez shakes the cobwebs and presses forward again to hug Elkins against the wall. Elkins reverses almost immediately, and now the 145ers split again. Another clinch with one minute to go, this time with Bermudez on the outside. Bermudez marches into the pocket and stings Elkins with a heavy right hand; Elkins wraps him up on the fence, but Bermudez remains on the outside and digs another right into Elkins' body. Elkins looks for a last-second trip takedown, but Bermudez keeps his balance and finishes the fight on his feet.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Bermudez (29-28 Elkins)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Bermudez (29-28 Bermudez)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Bermudez (29-28 Elkins)

The Official Result

Darren Elkins def. Dennis Bermudez via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) R3 5:00

Chris Weidman vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Round 1

Veteran referee "Big" John McCarthy is the third man in the cage for tonight's 185-pound main event, with judges Sal D'Amato, Jeff Mullen and Cardo Urso scoring the bout. Weidman opens with an inside leg kick as Gastelum stands tall, his arms raised high to fend off the advances of the taller man. Gastelum presses forward with an outstretched lead hand, moving Weidman backward toward the fence. As soon as Weidman shoots, however, Gastelum is on the ground, turtling up as the "All-American" spins to take the back. Gastelum powers back to his feet, Weidman still hanging off his back. Weidman rides him back to the mat and lands in side control on Gastelum's left side with half the round remaining. Weidman straddles Gastelum's head and works to set up a kimura, but Gastelum is grabbing his own trunks to keep his right arm out of danger. Weidman overcommits to the kimura, allowing Gastelum to rise and escape the submission attempt. With 10 seconds on the clock, Gastelum steps forward and blasts Weidman with a tremendous left hand. Weidman sits up and clings to a leg, barely surviving to the horn as Gastelum pounds his skull with hammerfists.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Weidman
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Gastelum
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Weidman

Round 2

After a slow opening minute to the round, Weidman gets hold of Gastelum and jams him against the fence. Weidman drops for an ankle pick and then spins to take Gastelum's back. Weidman starts working for a rear-naked choke with one hook in, but he loses the position as Gastelum powers back to his feet. Weidman ragdolls Gastelum back to the mat and now throws left hands from the rear. Back up comes Gastelum... and back down again as Weidman stays clung to his legs and completes another takedown. Weidman postures up in Gastelum's closed guard and puts a few elbows on the face of the smaller man. The pace slows in the final minute of the round as Gastelum ties up from the bottom, not leaving Weidman much room to strike. Weidman takes the back of the kneeling Gastelum just before time expires.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Weidman
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Weidman
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Weidman

Round 3

Gastelum comes out swinging but runs into a counter right hand from Weidman, who tries to snatch the neck of his dropped opponent as Gastelum stands up. Gastelum frees his neck and sticks a hard jab on Weidman's face. Weidman complains of an eye poke, gets no no reprieve from the ref, and now charges forward to ding Gastelum with long right hands. Gastelum denies a single-leg from the wrestler, but Weidman pushes him to the fence and drops to try a double. Weidman completes the shot with three minutes remaining but can't keep Gastelum on the mat. Back on the feet, Weidman throws knees at Gastelum from a rear waistlock before hurling him back to the floor. Gastelum kneels and Weidman spins to the back once again, setting both hooks and going to work on a choke with two minutes left. Gastelum rolls over and narrowly prevents a mount, but Weidman has an arm-triangle setup if he can put Gastelum's shoulders on the mat. Weidman flattens him out and bears down on the choke, and it looks extremely tight. Gastelum resists for as long as he can but is ultimately forced to tap out. The New York crowd goes berserk for their local fighter, as Chris Weidman snaps a three-fight losing streak with an emphatic finish.

The Official Result

Chris Weidman def. Kelvin Gastelum via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) R3 3:45

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