Chris Weidman (top) lands an elbow strike on Kelvin Gastelum during their UFC Fight Night middleweight bout at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on July 22, 2017 in Uniondale, New York. Ed Mulholland/Getty Images/AFP
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Chris Weidman sat on top of the Octagon, his arms outstretched, his mouth agape.It had been a long time since he could experience that feeling.Weidman, the former Hofstra wrestler fighting just across the Hempstead Turnpike from the university's campus, snapped a three-fight losing streak to improve to 14-3 .The win was Weidman's first since knocking out Vitor Belfort at UFC 187 on May 23, 2015 .After spending much of the first two minutes feinting and circling, Weidman successfully wrestled Gastelum to the canvas. But with seconds left in the round, Gastelum landed a hook to Weidman's chin that dropped the former middleweight champion before the bell rang. Weidman then relied on his wrestling skills against the former Ultimate Fighter winner, setting up opportunities to land hard, accurate punches in the third. Following a sequence in which the two grappled alongside the cage, Weidman took down Gastelum and transitioned to the submission.
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