Chris Weidman walked away from UFC on FOX 25 with another win under his banner — and a photo that went viral.
Chris Weidman finally got back into the win column in July, but it didn’t come without a little punishment — and a photo he’ll remember forever.
The former middleweight champion fought rising contender Kelvin Gastelum in the UFC on FOX 25 main event at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York on July 22. He had a successful first four minutes and would go on to submit his smaller counterpart in the third round, but “The All-American” faced adversity in the closing moments of round one.
Gastelum dropped Weidman with a left hand, and said he could have finished the New York native if he had 30 extra seconds. But time ran out, and Weidman turned the table in the rounds two and three and earned his first victory since May 2015.
But during the first-round knockdown, MMAFighting.com’s Esther Lin captured a photograph that even amazed its focal point, Weidman (view it below).
I know Chris Weidman just won, but @allelbows may have captured one of the craziest punchfaces I’ve ever seen. pic.twitter.com/oxEa7FuPNW
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) July 23, 2017
“I saw that picture; I was like, ‘Wow.’ My face got put into like seven different directions at one time,” Weidman told The MMA Hour last week. “It was like a rippling effect going on, and I’m the ugliest human being ever in that picture, so I was like, ‘This is an interesting thing, I’ve got to put this up.’ I’ve got no shame. It’s part of the game, you’ve got to get punched sometimes.”
Before the Gastelum submission, Weidman hadn’t won since a first-round TKO over Vitor Belfort in his third 185-pound title defense at UFC 187. After that, he lost the belt to Luke Rockhold, was knocked out by Yoel Romero, and was controversially finished by Gegard Mousasi.