Chris Weidman was badly in need of a win, and he delivered in front of his hometown fans.
The former middleweight champion ended a three-fight skid in the UFC on Fox 25 main event, as he submitted Kelvin Gastelum with an arm-triangle choke 3:45 into the third round at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, N.Y. on Saturday night. The “All-American” survived a knockdown late in round one, and he gradually imposed his will through his grappling and wrestling. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC on Fox 25, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
791: Days since Weidman’s last Octagon triumph, a first-round stoppage of Vitor Belfort in a middleweight title defense at UFC 187. Weidman had suffered successive KO/TKO defeats at the hands of Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero and Gegard Mousasi before returning to the win column against Gastelum.
7: Takedowns landed in 13 attempts for Weidman, an Ultimate Fighting Championship best for the Serra-Longo Fight Team member. His previous career high of five came in victories over Alessio Sakara and Lyoto Machida.
47: Total strikes by which Weidman outlanded Gastelum. That included a 33-to-3 edge in round two and a 26-to-11 advantage in round three.
5: Straight triumphs for Darren Elkins following a split decision win over Dennis Bermudez in the evening’s featherweight co-main event. That is the second-longest active streak in the division behind only reigning champion Max Holloway.
12: Featherweight triumphs in UFC competition overall for Elkins, the second most in the division behind Holloway.
3: Takedowns landed in 10 attempts for Elkins, who also attempted two submissions. Bermudez, meanwhile, landed one of six takedown tries in the bout.
5: Consecutive victories for Jimmie Rivera following his unanimous decision triumph over Thomas Almeida in a featured bantamweight tilt. That ties him with reigning champion Cody Garbrandt for the longest active winning streak in the division.
20: Consecutive professional victories overall for Rivera since a loss to Jason McLean in his second career bout at Ring of Combat 22 on Nov. 21, 2008.
2: Knockdowns landed by Rivera in the opening stanza, his first two since his first-round stoppage of Marcus Brimage in his Octagon debut.
144: Combined significant strikes landed by Rivera (70) and Almeida (72). Both bantamweights also connected on 43 percent of their significant strikes in the bout.
8: Significant strikes by which Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos outlanded Lyman Good in a welterweight affair. The Brazilian outlanded his foe 23 to 21 in round one and 34 to 23 in round three, while Good held a 31-to-26 edge in round two. Good, meanwhile, outlanded his foe 89 to 84 in total strikes. Ultimately, it was dos Santos who emerged with a split-decision triumph.
738: Days since Good’s last Octagon appearance, a second-round knockout of Andrew Craig at UFC Fight Night 71 on July 15, 2015.
7: Consecutive decisions for Ryan LaFlare to begin his UFC tenure before he was felled by an Alex Oliveira uppercut 1:50 into the second round of their welterweight encounter on Saturday night. LaFlare had been victorious in six of his first seven Octagon appearances.
111: Significant strikes landed by Chase Sherman in a unanimous decision victory over Damian Grabowski at heavyweight. By comparison, Grabowski landed 68 significant strikes. Sherman outlanded his foe 32 to 15 in round one, 43 to 28 in round two, and 36 to 25 in round three.
8: Takedowns landed in 14 attempts landed by Jeremy Kennedy in a three-round verdict over Kyle Bochniak at 145 pounds. Kennedy landed at least two takedowns in every round.
21: Takedowns landed in three UFC appearances for Kennedy. All three of those contests resulted in decision triumphs for the 24-year-old Canadian.
102: Significant strikes landed by Shane Burgos in his unanimous decision triumph over Godofredo Castro in a preliminary featherweight bout. “Hurricane” scored a pair of knockdowns and outlanded his opponent by 51 significant strikes to improve his professional record to 10-0.
14: Takedowns successfully defended by Burgos. Castro failed to land a single takedown over the course of the three-round bout.