Live, blow-by-blow updates for today’s UFC event in Long Island, which features a middleweight contender fight as the headliner.
Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play for UFC on FOX 25, which goes down in the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, NY.
The headliner will take place in the middleweight division, with New York’s own Chris Weidman looking to break a losing streak when he meets 185-pound upstart Kelvin Gastelum.
Live results and play-by-play will commence early, as is traditional with Fox cards, with the Fight Pass broadcast at 4 pm ET/1pm PT. There will be five fights there before the card moves to big Fox for four more preliminary bouts starting at 6pm ET/3pm PT. Finally, the four-fight main card will kick off at 8pm ET/5pm PT.
The full lineup and schedule follows. Check out this week’s MMA Vivisection for predictions, analysis and betting odds on the each match up.
Kyle Bochniak vs. Jeremy Kennedy
Round 1 – Kennedy with a takedown four seconds into the fight. That was damn quick. Bochniak made it to over to the fence but is still be held down. Kennedy not throwing many strikes, but he’s completely controlling position. Now Bochniak gives up his back. Kennedy with a hard elbow. Bochniak gets back to his feet but is still tied up. They finally separate with 1:15 to go. Kennedy with three knees to the body and a takedown. Very nice. Easy 10-9 Kennedy.
Round 2 – Kennedy clinches up against the cage. Kennedy gets down on the legs and gets the takedown. Bochniak up to his knees, and to his feet. But he’s back down. Kennedy’s on his back now. He’s opening up with lefts. Bochniak gets back up, then back down. Kennedy with a hard shot. Bochniak swept and escaped. He stepped up to Kennedy and…got taken down. He goes back to grinding. Bochniak looked for the sweep again but the horn went. 10-9 Kennedy.
Round 3 –
Brian Kelleher vs. Marlon Vera
Round 1 – Nice right from Kelleher. Vera defended a takedown. Kelleher with a hard body shot. Kelleher presses him against the fence. He tried to back out but Vera kept his a hold of his arm. Kelleher took it to the ground and immediately went for an armbar. And he got it! Wow! That was beautiful!
Marlon Vera defeated Brian Kelleher via submission (armbar), 2:18 of round 1
Junior Albini vs. Timothy Johnson
Round 1 – Johnson presses forward with a combo. He presses Albini against the fence. For a while. They separate with three minutes to go. Johnson with an uppercut., Albini with an elbow and a body kick. Albini with a combo ended with a right hook to the ear and a knee to the body and Johnson is down! He opens up with GnP and it’s over! Wow, didn’t see that coming!
Junior Albini defeated Timothy Johnson by KO (strikes), 2:51 of round 1
Shane Burgos vs. Godofredo Pepey
Round 1 – Pepey spins right way. Spinning back fist is blocked. Jab from Burgos. Nice right too. Pepey with a head kick and a left. Hard jab from Burgos. Wild spinning back fist and a right from Pepey. He charges in for a takedown. Burgos with a knee that drops Pepey. He tells him to get back up. Uppercut and straight right puts Pepey down again, but he sort of just flopped there to get Burgos to engage him on the ground. Burgos was having none of that though. Pepey immediately went for a takedown when he got back to his feet and slowed the pace. He couldn’t get it though. Combo from Burgos. Knee to the belly from Pepey. Overhand right from Pepey. Right hook from Burgos. They trade jabs. Burgos countering well. Pepey looked for another takedown against the fence. 10-9 Burgos.
Round 2 – Pepey with an early knee. Burgos lands a couple of counters. Jab from Pepey. Pepey pulled guard but Burgos wasn’t falling for it. Hard counter left hook from Burgos. Pepey with a jab and a right hook. Burgos going to the the body. Over the top right hook from Pepey. Burgos with his hands down. Pepey pulled guard again. Burgos lands two hammerfists and backs out. Pepey begs him to engage on the ground, but you know that’s not happening. They trade jabs. Burgos with a straight left. Pepey with a knee. Pepey pretty exhausted and he flops to his back again. The crowd boos. Burgos with a combo. Pepey with an uppercut. Two rights from Burgos. Pepey wit ha left hook. Hard jab from Burgos. Again. Burgos manages to pull guard and hold Burgos. 10-9 Burgos.
Round 3 – They’re nodding at each other before the final round. They both play to the crowd and start throwing big punches. Pepey lands a couple of wild rights. Burgos with a short left hook and a jab. Two more jabs. Inside leg kick. Burgos with a knee to the body. Pepey missing with wild shots. More jabs from Burgos. He’s fighting at a more measured pace. Inside leg kick from Burgos. Pepey ties him up and looks for a takedown. Uppercut on the break from Pepey. Burgos with his hands down, throwing jabs from the hip. Body shot from Burgos drops Pepey! He lets him up again. Two hard right hooks. Pepey looks for a takedown and pulls guard. Two hard shots on the ground from Burgos. He opened up with huge shots on the ground but Pepey survived. 10-9 and 30-27 Burgos.
Shane Burgos defeated Godofredo Pepey by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)
Frankie Perez vs. Chris Wade
Round 1 – Both looking for flashy kicks right away. Wade presses Perez against the fence looking for a takedown. He gets it. Perez isn’t doing much on the bottom. He tries to squirm away but gives up his bac. He did get back up but Wade is still all over him. Perez reverses and he’s looking for a takedown now. He gets him down to his knees. Wade’s back to his feet with a minute to go. Two knees from Perez and a beautiful leg sweep takedown by Perez. He lands a few punches before Wade gets up. Wade hits a throw and traps an arm, but he can’t capitalize on it. 10-9 Wade.
Round 2 – Perez with a combo. They trade kicks. Wade with a lead right hook and a body kick. Nice left. Perez misses with a spinning back kick. Wade looks for a takedown but gets swatted away. Wade with a takedown. Perez upside down and is looking for an inverted triangle. He escapes. Perez pushes off the fence but couldn’t free himself. Perez returns to his feet with a minute to go, but Wade is staying on him. Perez fights him off for the rest of the round. 10-9 Wade.
Round 3 – Perez with a lead right and a front kick. Outside leg kick. Wade charges in against the fence. Perez reverses and they separate. Wade with a right. He whiffed on a kick and Perez took him down. Wade swept him almost immediately. Perez doing his best to escape but can’t get Wade off of him. He finally scoots to the fence and gets to his feet, but Wade presses him against the fence. They finally break with 30 seconds to go. Wade immediately went for another takedown and and ate a knee coming in. He landed some hammerfists as Wade just held onto a leg. 10-9 and 30-27 Wade.
Chris Wade defeated Frankie Perez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Main Card (8 PM ET, FOX)
Chris Weidman vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Dennis Bermudez vs. Darren Elkins
Patrick Cummins vs. Gian Villante
Thomas Almeida vs. Jimmie Rivera
Preliminary Card (6 PM ET, FOX)
Lyman Good vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
Eryk Anders vs. Rafael Natal
Ryan LaFlare vs. Alex Oliveira
Damian Grabowski vs. Chase Sherman
Preliminary Card (4 PM ET, Fight Pass)