UFC on FOX 25 bonuses: Three Brazilians take home extra $50,000

In a fun night of fights in Long Island, three Brazilians are coming back home with extra money in the pocket.

Alex Oliveira and Junior Albini, who scored impressive knockouts in the preliminary portion of UFC Fight Night 25, earned $50,000 each for the best performances of the night, while Elizeu Zaleski and Lyman Good earned the “Fight of the Night” bonus for their three-round war.

Oliveira lost the first round against Ryan LaFlare, but came back to become the first to ever finish the New York-native with a vicious uppercut. UFC newcomer Albini, who also won his fight by knockout, finished Timothy Johnson in the opening round.

Zaleski and Good closed out the prelims with an action-packed welterweight bout, and “Capoeira” defeated the former Bellator champion via split decision.

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Chris Weidman vs. Kelvin Gastelum full fight video highlights

Watch Chris Weidman vs. Kelvin Gastelum full fight video highlights from UFC on FOX 25’s main event above, courtesy of FOX Sports.

UFC on FOX: Weidman vs. Gastelum took place July 22 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman (14–3) took on TUF 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum (13-3, 1 NC) in the night’s main event, which aired live on FOX . Catch the video highlights above.

For more on Weidman vs. Gastelum, check out the play-by-play below courtesy of MMAFighting.com’s Danny Segura.

Round 1: The headlining act of UFC on FOX 25 is here. Referee “Big” John McCarthy has the responsibility of overseeing this middlewight match-up. The fight is on and so are the ‘lets go Weidman’ chants across the arena. No strikes thrown yet, both fighters approaching with caution. Weidman connects with a straight right. Another for Weidman. Weidman shoots for a takedown and gets Gastelum to the ground. Gastelum gets up but Weidman has his arms locked around him. Weidman gets Gatselum to the canvas and gets in side control. Weidman now has a hold of Gastelum’s arm and he’s working a kimura. Two minutes left and Gastelum breaks free. Th fight is back on the feet. Gastelum with a nice left hook. And Weidman gets dropped. Gastelum following up with big shots while Weidman tries to go for a takedown. The bell rings.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Weidman.

Round 2: Weidman looks to have recovered. Both fighters very tentative, taking their time. Gastelum takes the center of the Octagon. Weidman clinches Gastelum against the cage, and he gets a takedown. Weidman now threatening with the back take. Weidman has one hook in, the cage is stopping him from getting in the second one. Weidman landing ground-and-pound in the mean time. Gastelum gets back to his feet but Weidman gets him back down. Weidman now working from inside the guard of Gastelum. The Weidman chants in the arena are deafening. A little bit over a minute left. Weidman picking his shots from top position, but Gastelum is doing a good job at avoiding major damage. The former champ is looking very dominant in this round. The bell rings with Weidman on top.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-8, Weidman. Overall 20-17, Weidman.

Round 3: And Weidman drops Gastelum, but he quickly recovers. Weidman rocks him again. Gastelum looks in a lot of trouble. Solid combination by Weidman. Weidman now working for a takedown. He gets it, but Gastelum springs back up. Weidman with another takedown attempt and this time takes down the 25 year old. Weidman working to get back mount but he ony las one hook in. The former champ attacks with submissions, but also mixes things up with strikes. Weidman locks up an arm triangle. It looks tight. Gastelum doing the correct defense but it looks too deep. Boom! Gastelum taps, and Weidman snaps a three fight losing streak in impressive fashion.

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Darren Elkins vs. Dennis Bermudez full fight video highlights

Watch Darren Elkins vs. Dennis Bermudez full fight video highlights from UFC on FOX 25’s co-main event above, courtesy of FOX Sports.

UFC on FOX: Weidman vs. Gastelum took place July 22 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. UFC featherweight contenders Darren Elkins (23-5) and Dennis Bermudez (16-7) collided in the night’s co-main event, which aired live on FOX. Catch the video highlights above.

For more on Elkins vs. Bermudez, check out the play-by-play below courtesy of MMAFighting.com’s Danny Segura.

Round 1: Here we go with the co-main event of the card. Dan Miragliotta will serve as the referee for this featherweight contest. They touch gloves. Bermudez throws a knee to get things started but misses. Bermudez lands a solid left hook. Bermudez with two leg kicks that buckle Elkins. Bermudez fails with the takedown and Elkins takes his back from turtle position. Elkins now ridding Bermudez not allowing him to get back on his feet. Bermudez manages to get back on his feet. Big swing sets Bermudez off balance and Elkins ducks under and this time takes back mount. Elkins with solid back control. A minute left and Bermudez manages to get back up. The crowd cheers. In the last ten seconds Bermudez connects with a heavy shot, shoots, but Elkins imediately begins to threaten with the front choke. The round comes to an end.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Elkins.

Round 2: Bermudez taking the center of the cage. Elkins connects with a good right uppercut. Elkins clinches Bermudez, but the New Yorker reverses the position and puts Elkins against the cage. They break off. Elkins shoots a couple of consecutive takedowns but misses. Bermudez now completes a takedown of his own, but Elkins gets right back up to be pressed agaisnt the cage. Two minutes left. Solid shots from Bermudez as he breaks away from the clinch. Bermudez attempts a takedown against the cage, but fails. Elkins now threatening with another front choke/ten finger choke. Bermudez defends well, but Elkins now gets him on the ground. Bermudez springs right back up and the bell rings shortly after.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-10. Overall 20-19, Elkins.

Round 3: Final round, lets see if the action picks up. Bermudez pressuring Elkins against the cage, again. Elkins defends, and breaks the clinch. Bermudez throws Elkins off balance and throw a flying knee that almost connects. Bermudez back at it again with the clinch control against the cage. Elkins gets out. Taking the center of the cage Bermudez is starting to find his rhythm, putting together combinations and landing a few leg kicks. Nice jab by Bermudez. Bermudez with some more clinch control against the cage. The stand up battle resumes and Bermudez connects with a hard left hook. Bermudez is now stalking down Elkins. With ten seconds left, Elkins attempts a takedown, but runs out of time before completing.

MMA Fighting scores that round 10-9, Bermudez. Overall 29-29, draw.

Official result: Darren Elkins def. Dennis Bermudez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch headlines UFC Fight Night card in Pittsburgh

Luke Rockhold will finally return to the Octagon.

The former UFC middleweight champion, who hasn’t competed since June 2016, is now set to meet David Branch in the main event of UFC Fight Night 116 in Pittsburgh on Sept. 16, the UFC announced Saturday.

Rockhold (15-3) was riding a four-fight finishing streak when he earned a shot at the belt in 2015, and stopped Chris Weidman to claim the title. Six months later, Michael Bisping avenged a submission loss to Rockhold and knocked out the champion on short notice.

Branch (21-3) re-signed with the UFC after winning 10 in a row under the World Series of Fighting banner, winning and defending the promotion’s middleweight and light heavyweight belts. In his first fight back inside the Octagon, Branch defeated Krzysztof Jotko via split decision in May.

The UFC officially announced six other bouts for the card: Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith, Krzysztof Jotko vs. Uriah Hall, Kamaru Usman vs. Sergio Moraes, Gilbert Burns vs. Jason Saggo, Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz, and Justin Ledet vs. Dmitrii Smoliakov.

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UFC on FOX 25 in Tweets: Pros react to Chris Weidman submitting Kelvin Gastelum, more

Long Island fighters may have had an up-and-down night at UFC on FOX 25, but the home team pulled through when it mattered most.

Staring down the barrel of a three-fight losing streak, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman gutted out one of the most important wins of his career on Saturday night, overcoming an early knockdown to submit Kelvin Gastelum with a third-round arm triangle and pick up his first victory since May 2015.

See how the pros reacted to Weidman’s win below, plus the best of the rest from a bloody night at UFC on FOX 25.


CHRIS WEIDMAN DEF. KELVIN GASTELUM


DARREN ELKINS DEF. DENNIS BERMUDEZ


PATRICK CUMMINS DEF. GIAN VILLANTE


JIMMIE RIVERA DEF. THOMAS ALMEIDA

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UFC on FOX 25 results: Chris Weidman finishes Kelvin Gastelum in third round

Chris Weidman is back in the win column.

The former UFC middleweight champion had seemed to be in a career freefall over the past couple years, as he lost three consecutive fights and was on the wrong end of bad finishes in all of them.

On Saturday night at UFC on FOX 25, though, Weidman turned things around.

In front of an emotional hometown crowd at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Weidman weathered adversity and finished Kelvin Gastelum. An arm-triangle choke did the trick at 3:45 of the third round in their main event fight.

“Keep doubting me, people,” Weidman (14-3) said. “I know Long Island ain’t doubting me. Keep doubt me, I beg you, keep doubting me.”

Weidman was well in control of the bulk of the opening round, as he beat Gastelum in both the standup and on the ground. At one point, he got Gastelum in a deep Kimura, and it’s to Gastelum’s credit that he escaped.

Gastelum, however, likely stole the round and nearly won the fight by clobbering Weidman with a wicked left hand and dropping him. Weidman was saved by the bell as Gastelum poured it on.

Weidman, though, regained his bearing in the second round and picked up where he left off, outwrestling Gastelum and smothering him on the mat.

Gastelum came out with a sense of urgency in the third and began winging wild punches. Weidman stayed patient and kept up the pressure until he again got him to the mat. This time, he worked into position for the arm triangle. While Gastelum put up a valint effort fighting it, he ultimate had to tap.

Weidman (14-3) brought his family into the cage with him to celebrate his first victory since his May 23, 2015 win over Vitor Beflort.

Gastelum (14-3, 1 NC) lost for the first time since moving up to middleweight.

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UFC on FOX 25 post-fight press conference video

The UFC on FOX 25 post-fight press conference is the last piece of business to take care of after the action is over in the Octagon, and we have the live video below at MMAFighting.com.

UFC officials will announce the winners of the Fight of the Night and the Performance of the Night bonuses, and winning fighters will meet the media after their fights.

The UFC on FOX 25 post-fight press conference takes place about 30 minutes after the main event ends, meaning it will start around 11 p.m. ET.

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UFC on FOX 25: Weidman vs. Gastelum post-fight press conference

Bloody Elbow is the place to be for a live video stream of the UFC on FOX 25: Weidman vs. Gastelum post-fight press conference, which will kick off at approximately 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT.
Join us here at BloodyElbow.com around 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT for the live stream of the UFC on FOX 25: Weidman vs. Gastelum post-fight press conference, live from Long Island, New York. You can catch the video above, or over at MMAFighting, but everyone knows Bloody Elbow has the best comments section of any sports site, period, so stick around here and participate below.
Fighters like the main event stars, Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum will be in attendance, along with the best performers from the rest of the card, including Darren Elkins, Dennis Bermudez, Thomas Almeida and more.
The press conference will announce the fight of the night and performance of the night bonuses and includes the new media Q&A with the fighters individually breaking down the bouts and finding out what the winners are aiming for when negotiating their next fight. We often get some great moments and quote gold from these pressers, so it’s definitely worth tuning in.
Please note that depending on what time the card ends, the press conference may start later than originally scheduled.
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They said what?! Pros react to Elkins’ split decision win over Bermudez at UFC on FOX 25

Check out how MMA Twitter reacted when Darren Elkins upset Dennis Bermudez by split decision at UFC on FOX 25 in NEw York. Darren Elkins managed to sway two of the three judges to score a split decision win over Dennis Bermudez at UFC on FOX 25. Pro fighters enjoyed the bout on Twitter.

Let’s get it done @DarrenElkinsMMA— Eddie Wineland (@EddieWineland) July 23, 2017

The Damage ain’t playing no games!— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) July 23, 2017

High level high pace fight from Bermudez and Elkins! This #UFClongIsland card is really delivering!!!— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) July 23, 2017

Elkins straight up Gettin after it tonight. #UFClongIsland— Scott Holtzman (@HotSauceHoltzy) July 23, 2017

Surprised Bermudez abandoned the leg kick attacks. Were very effective early on #UFCLongIsland— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) July 23, 2017

Elkins is goat #UFCLongIsland— Belal muhammad (@bullyb170) July 23, 2017

Really fair judging tonight#ufconfox25— Louis Smolka (@LASTSAMURAIUFC) July 23, 2017

The DAMAGE!!— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) July 23, 2017

Not mad Elkins got the nod. Very close fight. This card has been really good! #UFCLongIsland— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) July 23, 2017

WTF is going on?! #UFCLongIsland— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) July 23, 2017

Congrats to Darren Elkins on the W! @UFC_CA #UFCLongIsland pic.twitter.com/DtptIqUvvh— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) July 23, 2017

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UFC on FOX 25 results: Darren Elkins edges Dennis Bermudez in split decision

This time, Darren Elkins didn’t need a legendary comeback in order to get his hand raised in the Octagon.

The Indiana-based featherweight put on a comeback for the ages in his UFC 209 victory over Mirsad Bektic last time out. But on Saturday, Elkins and Dennis Bermudez put on a good old fashioned, could-have-gone-either-way type of scrap in the co-feature bout at UFC on FOX 25.

And at the end of the well-contested affair at Nassau Coliseum, Elkins got the nod, earning two out of three 29-28 scores his way for the split decision and his fifth consecutive victory.

Elkins’ best round was the first, as he took Bermudez down earlier and stayed on his back for the bulk of the round. Elkins never came close to the finish, but Bermudez didn’t have any answers.

The second was the fight’s closed, as Lindenhurst, N.Y.’s Bermudez seemed to have things going his favor before Elkins landed two very strong knees to the head and likely stole the round at the end.

Round three was all Bermudez, who relentlessly pushed forward and landed strikes, but Elkins had enough gas left in the tank to get to the horn.

With the victory, Elkins improved to 23-5. Bermudez dropped to 16-7 with his second straight defeat.

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