Kelvin Gastelum Willing to Sit Out Until He Receives UFC Middleweight Title Shot
By: Tristen Critchfield May 13, 2018
It’s safe to say that Kelvin
Gastelum’s move to middleweight has gone well, as “The Ultimate
Fighter 17” winner has lost just once in six appearances since
leaving the welterweight division.
His ascent continued at UFC 224 with a split-decision over Ronaldo
Souza, who is consistently among the top contenders in the
weight class, in the evening’s co-main event. The victory comes on
the heels of a first-round knockout triumph over ex-champion
Bisping this past November.
Gastelum, whose 185-pound resume also includes wins over Johny
Hendricks, Tim Kennedy
as well as a victory over Vitor
Belfort that was overturned due to a positive marijuana test,
was adamant that his next bout should be for UFC gold.
“I definitely feel like a title shot should be next,” Gastelum said
at the UFC 224 post-fight press conference. “I don’t think I’d
accept any other fight than a title shot. I’m the most active
middleweight there has been. All the guys that I’ve fought are top
10 or former champions, so I feel like I’m deserving.”
Reigning middleweight champion Robert
Whittaker is slated to defend his belt in a rematch against
Romero in the UFC 225 headliner on June 9. Even if things go
awry and the division is held up – which does tend to happen in the
UFC – Gastelum seems intent on waiting until he can fight for the
“I’d definitely feel like I deserve the shot, so I definitely feel
I will sit out until my shot is next,” he said.