The 25 year old TUF winner takes on veteran Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 106 in Fortaleza, Brazil. This is the second time Gastelum will fight in the Middleweight division after Dana White told Fox Sports “I’ll never let him fight at 170 again,” having failed to make weight to fight Donald Cerrone at UFC 205.
Gastelum’s only two losses come from Neil Magney and Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley. Gastelum put on a stellar performance handing Tim Kennedy his final loss at UFC 206 showing slick boxing and wrestling skills.
A win against Belfort will undoubtedly raise Gastelum’s stock and propel him up the Middleweight rankings to secure a fight against a top 5 opponent.
Check out Gastelum’s highlight reel below.
Chan Sung Jung, better known as “The Korean Zombie” returns to the Octagon this Friday in Huston, Texas. After a three year layoff from the sport due to Republic of Korea military service Chan Sung looks to make a dint in the Featherweight Division in his return, starting off with a tough opponent in Dennis Bermudez who is currently on a two fight win streak. Chan Sung last fought in 2013 for the Featherweight Title against Jose Aldo, he lost by tko after dislocating his shoulder in round four. Chan Sung was ranked #8 in the Featherweight Division before his departure, can a win throw The Korean Zombie back into the top ten mix given how the division at present looks like this:
Jose Aldo (Champion)
#1 Max Holloway (Interim Champion)
#2 Frankie Edgar
#3 Ricardo Lamas
#4 Cub Swanson
#5 Jeremy Stephens
#6 Anthony Pettis
#7 Charles Oliveira
#8 Yair Rodriguez
#9 Dennis Bermudez
#10 Brian Ortega
Have a look at The Korean Zombie-Return 2017 courtesy of Black Bit which features fights against Dustin Poirier Mark Hominick and Leonard Garcia. Also if you have time check out this awesome workout program Primal Bell Workout Program – “A Workout That’s as Savage as the Beast That Inspired It”.
Tony Ferguson(21-3) takes on former Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos(25-8) in the main event at UFC Fight Night Mexico this weekend.
Do you think “El Cucuy” can take out the former champ?
Check out Tony submitting Edon Barboza back in Decmber 2015 at TUF Finale 22 by a beautiful darce choke.
Two Bantamweight powerhouses clashed last night as they headlined UFC Fight Night 96 Portland. John Lineker and John Dodson who are ranked 3rd and 10th respectively went five rounds in an exciting fight in which many thought would not go the distance with both men been known for their knockout power.
From round one Lineker stalked Dodson and landed heavy hooks to the body and head whenever he got into striking distance. Dodson stayed on the outside choosing to stick and move to stay away from the wild swings of Lineker. Lineker showed just how good of a chin he has as Dodson landed some very clean kicks to the head.
This fight could of went either way with Lineker throwing high volume strikes and Dodson landing the more significant strikes. Lineker was the aggressor throughout and I believe that helped him secure the win.
Today’s norm of calling fighters out at the post fight interview was not wasted by Lineker as he says he wants his shot at the Champion Dominick Cruz, but he may have to wait as top contenders such as TJ Dillashaw, Bryan Caraway and Cody Garabrandt all want there shot at gold. I think TJ deserves to fight Cruz next and an exciting fight for the fans would be Lineker vs Garbrandt.
Poirier looks to have settled nicely into the lightweight division with four wins now under his belt, three of those coming by way of first round TKO. In his last ten fights he has only lost to featherweight champion Conor McGregor and number five ranked featherweight contender Cub Swanson and six of his last ten have been by TKO within the first two rounds. Needless to say “The Diamond” has stopping power and likes to knock people out.
Johnson is coming off two consecutive losses by way of decision. He has notible wins over Tony Ferguson and Edson Barboza who are now both title contenders and are ranked third and fifth respectively in the lightweight division. Johnson has no problem going the distance with eight of his last ten going to the judges scorecards. He also has never been knocked out which shows just how durable he is having fought 26 professional bouts.
Poirier may be the man to knock Johnson out for the first time. I think Johnson will weather the storm for the first round but I can see Dustin getting the finish in the second.
Bet365 are giving Poirier KO/TKO/DQ round 2 @ 14/1. Go get that paper!!