UFC Long Island – What will the NYSAC Screw up this time?

The last time the UFC Octagon was in the State of New York, The co-main event of UFC 210 was ruined by a controversial ruling of TKO by illegal strikes to the head. The “Loser” of that tilt was Chris Weidman, who also happens to be 1/2 of the Main Event this weekend. “Winner” Gegard Mousasi has since left the UFC and has became Bellator MMA’s Premier Middleweight. The New York State Athletic Commission needs to be at the top of their game on Saturday if they want to stay out of MMA fan’s cross-hairs. With all this being said, it’s time to take a look at the card.

Middleweight: Chris Weidman (+155) Vs. Kelvin Gastelum (-180)

“The All American” Weidman will be looking to get back in the win column after losing his last three in a row. The once Middleweight Champion was the one to dispatch Anderson Silva of his title and send him into a tailspin, then had successfully defended his title twice against Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort, he lost his belt to Luke Rockhold then lost to Yoel Romero and Gegard Mousasi. The Ultimate Fighter 17 winner Gastelum is for the most part in a battle with himself. He was forced to move up a weight class after missing the Welterweight limit three times. Since his move up to Middleweight he has looked great. He destroyed Tim Kennedy then destroyed Vitor Belfort which was controversially turned to a no-contest when he failed a Brazilian Athletic Commission weed test. Gastelum knows that this main-event opportunity cannot go to waste if he want’s to get back in the good graces of the UFC brass. This Wrestler/Boxer Vs. Wrestler/Boxer matchup is going to generate one hell of a fight in Uniondale. This seems like the type of fireworks that you’d see out of a Yoel Romero fight (that’s a good thing). I have Weidman jumping out of his slump in front of his hometown. Chris Weidman Def. Kelvin Gastelum

Featherweight: Dennis Bermudez (-235) Vs. Darren Elkins (+200)

Darren Elkins completed one hell of a comeback in his fight against Mirsad Bektic at UFC 209. Elkins was down two rounds to zero going into the third and somehow ended up getting Bektic in a bad position where he finished the fight by punches and a head kick. Bermudez is coming off of a 1st round TKO loss to “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung, before that Bermudez won two in a row against Rony Jason and Tatsuya Kawajiri. To me this fight seems like a battle of the gatekeepers. Both fighters have the ability to finish fights in destructive fashion, and while I see this fight going the distance, I still feel like this fight is the Hometown Kid Bermudez’ to lose. Dennis Bermudez Def. Darren Elkins

Light Heavyweight: Gian Villante (-130) Vs. Patrick Cummins (+110)

These two boys are characters, when you get a chance look up some of Gian Villante’s antics because they are really something special like Chairman Frank “The Tank”, but I digress. Anyways, both of these guys are incredibly inconsistent. When they pick up a victory they seem to follow it up with a loss soon after. Villante lost to Shogun Rua in his last fight and Cummins beat Jan Blachowicz in his last bout. Honestly, because of their inconsistencies and because of Villante’s higher level of competition, I’m taking Gian in this one. Gian Villante Def. Patrick Cummins

Bantamweight: Thomas Almeida (+180) Vs. Jimmie Rivera (-210)

This one is the “Pat Foley Fight of the Night”. We have two flashy and quick fighters who have styles that can really complement one another. Rivera is 20-1 and a win here can possibly propel him to a title shot. Since joining the UFC, Rivera has defeated Marcus Brimage, Pedro Munhoz, Iuri Alcantara and Urijah Faber. Almeida is 21-1 with his only loss coming to the current UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt. So far in his UFC career, Almeida has defeated Tim Gorman, Yves Jabouin, Brad Pickett, Anthony Birchak and Albert Morales. The victories of Rivera are drastically more impressive than those of Almeida and Rivera is also a big favorite, I’m taking Rivera. Jimmie Rivera Def. Thomas Almeida

Prelim Picks:

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos Def. Lyman Good

Rafael Natal Def. Eryk Anders

Alex Oliveira Def. Ryan LaFlare

Chase Sherman Def. Damian Grabowski

Jeremy Kennedy Def. Kyle Bochniak

Marlon Vera Def. Brian Kelleher

Tim Johnson Def. Junior Albini

Godofredo Pepey Def. Shane Burgos

Chris Wade Def. Frankie Perez

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