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Growing pains can end for former UFC champion Chris Weidman or Southland's Kelvin Gastelum

Growing pains can end for former UFC champion Chris Weidman or Southland's Kelvin Gastelum

“Growing up” would’ve been the ideal marketing slogan for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card on Long Island in New York between native son Chris Weidman and his Southland opponent, Kelvin Gastelum.

For former middleweight champion Weidman, returning for the Fox-televised (5 p.m. Pacific) card at the renovated former Nassau Coliseum is a journey back to the venue where he used to attend New York Islanders games.

“To have the first one in Long Island and be in the main event, it’s a dream I never dreamed,” Weidman (13-3) said. “When I grew up going to Islanders games, waiting for them to come outside for autographs, if anything, I dreamed of being an Islander.”

Weidman’s...

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