Kris Gastelum Case Study

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The UFC travels to Long Island, New York on Saturday for a card headlined by a fighter who is ready risk it all for a win in his native state — a win that he has chased for quite some time. That fighter, No. 5 ranked middleweight and former title-holder Chris Weidman, will face rising star and No. 8 ranked middleweight Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of the evening. Weidman has lost three straight fights, including a title defense against Luke Rockhold and loses to Yoel Romero and most recently Gegard Mousasi in April. He hasn’t won a fight since May 2015, and his loss to Mousasi was as confusing to the fans as it was to him. After absorbing consecutive knees to the head that were initially declared illegal by the referee Dan…show more content…
Michael Bisping stepped in on two weeks’ notice and shockingly won the title that Weidman was trying to get back. If Weidman wants to get back to his winning ways, he’ll have to be at the top of his game against a young and hungry lion. Gastelum looks like he has finally found a home in the middleweight division after struggling to make weight for fights in the welterweight division. In his last bout, he looked impressive against Belfort, finishing him in the first round and winning Performance of the Night honors. However, the fight was later overturned due to a positive marijuana test. Prior to the Belfort fight, Gastelum dominated Tim Kennedy at UFC 206 with a third round KO, cementing his place in the division. Gastelum, 25 years old, showed tremendous hand speed and the ability to take a punch in both fights, making him a far more dangerous fighter than he’s often given credit for. Now fighting at a more comfortable weight, he has shown speed and athleticism that gives him the potential to wreak havoc in the 185-pound division. Gastelum’s only losses in the UFC have come by split decision to welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and No. 6 ranked welterweight Neil Magny. Aside Kennedy, he has key victories over Uriah Hall, Johny Hendricks, Nate Marquardt and Jake Ellenberger. A win over Weidman could catapult Gastelum up the middleweight rankings, while a win for Weidman could potentially land him back into

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