The main event of this weekend's UFC Long Island card holds major implications for the 185 pound division. Chris Weidman, now ranked #5 in the World, is going against a wrecking ball in Kelvin Gastelum. If he would have stayed away from the green stuff, Gastelum would be 3-0 in the division, but instead is 2-0 with a no contest. He has shown he has the makings of a world beater and has put the division on notice. He is very well-rounded in his game and the 25 year old is showing improvements every time he steps in the octagon.
This is exactly why Weidman must win. He needs to show the world he's still the man that beat Anderson Silva twice. The man who looked invincible, winning his first 13 fights professionally. He is still a world-class grappler with knockout power, but since his catastrophic loss to Rockhold, he doesn't look the same. He seems to be missing that edge that made him a world beater in the first place. He needs to reclaim that, and a win over a red-hot prospect like Gastelum can do just that.
Should he win Saturday night, it launches him right back into the title picture, where a rematch with York Romero or a fight with Jacare Souza could happen to determine who gets the first crack at the winner between the Middleweight title unification bout between Robert Whittaker and Michael Bisping later this year (hopefully).
Saturday is a big night for the division, but an even bigger night for the former champion.