The word is out! Following Kelvin Gastelum’s massive win over alegend on the weekend and calling out in the presser, his wish to fight the former reigning middleweight champion has been officially granted.
The UFC announced the news via Twitter yesterday, confirming a 185-pound bout between Gastelum and Silva, which will serve as the co-main for UFC 212. The main event will be a championship bout between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Max Holloway.
— UFC (@ufc) March 14, 2017
Gastelum, 25, was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 17. He picked up an impressive three fight win streak after a loss to Neil Magny in November 2015. Gastelum holds wins over Vitor Belfort, Tim Kennedy, Johny Hendricks, Nate Marquardt, and among many others. While his opponent Silva recently defeated Derek Brunson via a controversial decision win at UFC 208.
UFC 212 will be held on June 3, 2017 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.