The UFC’s Nassau Coliseum debut officially has another Long Island connection following the addition of two featherweight bouts.
LI’s Dennis Bermudez will face Darren Elkins at UFC on Fox 25 on July 22, the promotion announced Tuesday.
Bermudez, who trains at Long Island MMA in Farmingdale, returns to the cage following a loss to Chan Sung Jung in February. Bermudez (16-6, 9-4 UFC) was knocked out by “The Korean Zombie” in just 2:49 last time out, his first loss since July 2015.
Bermudez, the No. 10-ranked featherweight in the UFC, will look to avoid an upset against Elkins. An Indiana native, Elkins (22-5, 12-4 UFC) is a UFC veteran who has yet to break through against the division’s best, but is riding a four-fight win streak dating back to October 2015.
Bermudez is the fourth Long Island-based fighter on the card. Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman, who grew up in Baldwin, will fight in the main event against Kelvin Gastelum. Gian Villante, a former football star at Hofstra and MacArthur High School, will face Patrick Cummins in a light heavyweight bout. Chris Wade, who grew up in Islip, is scheduled to fight New Jersey’s Frankie Perez in a lightweight contest.
The UFC also announced a featherweight contest between Shane Burgos and Godofredo Pepey for the Coliseum show. The unbeaten Burgos has nine wins, finishing all but one of his fights, and is 2-0 in the UFC. He last defeated Charles Rosa via third-round TKO at UFC 210 in April.
Pepey (13-4, 5-4 UFC) returns to the cage for the first time this year. He previously beat Mike De La Torre last September via rear-naked choke in the first round.
Tickets for the event go on sale June 2.