Kelvin Gastelum, the Ultimate Fighter 17 winner, is going to settle for middleweight for some time. And look forward to taking on Vitor Belfort sometime shortly.
Gastelum was supposed to be part of UFC 2015 in a welterweight bout against Donald Cerrone. His consistent weight problems, however, had proved to be exasperating for him once again. Forcing him to backstep from said fight. All questions surrounding this fighter have always circled his weight, rather than his performance inside the cage.
The 25-year-old fighter got a new fight. This time against Tim Kennedy on Saturday night at UFC 206, back in his original weight class at 185 pounds. After putting on a spectacular performance and winning by third-round TKO, Gastelum has made up his mind for bigger clashes at middleweight down the line.
During the UFC 206 post-fight presser Gastelum said:”I think if I’m offered a fight that interests me at 185 pounds, I don’t see why I wouldn’t stay here”. Kelvin thinks 170 is his optimal weight class. And he knew UFC needed a replacement for Rashad Evans, so he stepped in. Furthermore, he heard UFC need another replacement in Brazil with Vitor Belfort, so if UFC wants to make that happen, then he is willing to step up and do that as well.
The discarded showdown against Cerrone was the fourth time Gastelum missed the mark making the 170-pound limit in the UFC. Being conscious of the cause of the situation, he says a significant lifestyle change will be in effect soon.
The fighter gets too thick outside of camp; that’s his problem he admitted, and his whole camp are focused on losing the weight that he has gained outside of camp. Which just shouldn’t be that way. He was able to get away with weight the last few fights, but the older he got, the harder it is to cut the weight he realized.