Kelvin Gastelum is back in the title contention mix following his successful win last night over former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping in Shanghai.
On November 25th, Gastelum was initially expected to face Anderson Silva but was replaced by Bisping due to another failed USADA drug test. Critics felt it was too early for Bisping to step back inside the Octagon, who recently lost the belt to Georges St-Pierre earlier this month. They proved to be correct after Gastelum finished Bisping by knockout in the very first round at 2:30. The win also earned The Ultimate Fighter 17 winner a Performance of the Night bonus award.
Man, this is the biggest win in my career, I’m gonna try not to get emotional. I have a huge amount of respect for Bisping. That’s something we trained a lot. He throws a mean left hook and an awesome straight right, so that’s something we worked on a lot.
In the post-fight interview, Gastelum also added that he is in favor to face Robert Whittaker next, who is currently still opponent less for his first UFC interim middleweight title defense in February.
Well, I heard a rumor that Robert Whittaker needs a main event in February in Australia, I’m up for the challenge.
Gastelum, 26, was previously named Breakthrough Fighter of the Year. He now has notable wins over Vitor Belfort, Tim Kennedy, Johny Hendricks, Nate Marquardt, and Jake Ellenberger, just to name a small few. If his wish gets granted by the UFC, it will be Gastelum’s first fight for a middleweight title in his career.
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