Kelvin Gastelum

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Kelvin Gastelum
Born (1991-10-24) October 24, 1991 (age 23)[1]
San Jose, California, United States
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Welterweight (2013–2015)
Middleweight (2010–2013/Present)
Reach 71.0 in (180 cm)[2]
Style Wrestling, Boxing
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Yuma, Arizona, United States
Team Yuma United Mixed Martial Arts
Rank      Purple belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 11
Wins 10
By knockout 3
By submission 4
By decision 3
Losses 1
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Kelvin Gastelum (born October 24, 1991) is an American mixed martial artist currently fighting as a Middleweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen. As of November 17, 2014, he is #7 in official UFC welterweight rankings.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

The son of Mexican immigrants, Gastelum was a state championship wrestler at Cibola High School in Yuma, AZ and attended North Idaho College for a year before deciding to turn pro. He formerly worked as a bail bondsman before later quitting and training full-time.

He made his professional MMA debut on December 11, 2010. He won via submission due to punches in the second round.

Following his debut, Gastelum amassed an undefeated record of 5–0. He had finished every opponent he had faced with 2 TKOs and 3 submissions on his record.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In January 2013, it was announced that Gastelum was selected for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen.[4] To get into the TUF house, Gastelum defeated Kito Andrews by decision. During the choosing of teams, he was picked last by Chael Sonnen for Team Sonnen.

Gastelum's next fight in the house was against Bubba McDaniel. Just before his fight, Chael Sonnen received a call from UFC women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey, who wished Gastelum good luck in his fight and said that if he won that she would come down to the TUF gym and teach a session.[5] He won in the second round via rear naked choke submission.[6]

In the quarterfinals, Gastelum would take on Collin Hart. He won the fight via first round knockout.[7]

In the semifinals, Gastelum would face Josh Samman, the heavily favored No. 2 pick of Team Jones. He won via first round rear naked choke, thus securing his place in the finals.[8]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

With his successful 4–0 run on the show, Gastelum faced teammate Uriah Hall in the finals at the The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.[9] Despite being a significant underdog, Gastelum won the fight via split decision. Gastelum appeared on "The MMA Hour" with Ariel Helwani and stated his intention to drop to Welterweight, citing and complementing a strength disadvantage he felt against Hall.[10]

Gastelum was expected to face Paulo Thiago on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27.[11] However, Thiago pulled out of the bout citing a knee injury and was replaced by Brian Melancon.[12] Gastelum finished Melancon via rear naked choke in the first round.

Gastelum was expected to face Court McGee on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9, but was forced to withdraw due to a torn PCL.[13]

Gastelum faced Rick Story on March 15, 2014 at UFC 171, a fight that he had specifically asked for.[14] He won the back-and-forth fight via split decision.

Gastelum faced Nico Musoke on June 28, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 44.He won the fight via unanimous decision[15] Gastelum missed weight by one and three-quarter pounds and forfeited 20% of his fight purse to Musoke.[16] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Gastelum next fought Jake Ellenberger on November 15, 2014 at UFC 180 as the co-main event.[17] He won the fight in the first round via rear-naked choke.[18] The win also earned Gastelum his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[19]

Gastelum next faced Tyron Woodley on January 31, 2015 at UFC 183. He missed weight by 10 lbs and was fined 30% of his fight purse which would be given to Woodley. [20] He lost the fight via split decision. In the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Woodley said that he would not accept 30% of Gastelum's purse, as him missing weight and losing was enough punishment.[21]

Due to Gastelum not being able to make weight on two occasions while fighting in the welterweight division in the UFC, UFC president Dana White has ordered Gastelum to move up to middleweight.[22]

Gastelum is expected to face Nate Marquardt in a middleweight bout at UFC 188 on June 13, 2015.[23]

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

  • MMA
    • 2014 Prospect of the Year[24]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 10–1 Tyron Woodley Decision (split) UFC 183 January 31, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (180 lbs) bout; Gastelum missed weight.
Win 10–0 Jake Ellenberger Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 180 November 15, 2014 1 4:46 Mexico City, Mexico Performance of the Night.
Win 9–0 Nico Musoke Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens June 28, 2014 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States Catchweight (172.75 lbs) bout; Gastelum missed weight.
Win 8–0 Rick Story Decision (split) UFC 171 March 15, 2014 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 7–0 Brian Melancon Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 August 28, 2013 1 2:26 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States Welterweight debut.
Win 6–0 Uriah Hall Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale April 13, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won The Ultimate Fighter 17
Win 5–0 Mike Ashford TKO (punches) Rage in the Cage 161 July 20, 2012 1 1:57 Chandler, Arizona, United States
Win 4–0 Bill Smallwood Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Rage: On the River 2 July 22, 2011 1 0:56 Parker, Arizona, United States
Win 3–0 Mike Gentile TKO (punches) Desert Rage Full Contact Fighting 10 October 22, 2011 2 2:32 Yuma, Arizona, United States
Win 2–0 Yair Moguel TKO (punches) LAW 1: Heatwave July 16, 2011 3 2:26 Mexicali, Mexico
Win 1–0 Jose Sanchez Submission (punches) LAF 1: Border Wars December 11, 2010 2 1:38 Mexicali, Mexico

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 4–0 Josh Samman Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen April 9, 2013 1 4:03 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 17 semi-final
Win 3–0 Collin Hart TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen March 26, 2013 (air date) 1 0:33 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 17 quarter-final
Win 2–0 Bubba McDaniel Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen February 17, 2013 (air date) 2 2:39 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 17 elimination round
Win 1–0 Kito Andrews Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen January 22, 2013 (air date) 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 17 preliminary round

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kelvin Gastelum's profile". Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  2. ^ "Kelvin Gastelum's Official Tapology Profile". Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  3. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  4. ^ "The Ultimate Fighter 17 cast revealed". 2013-01-09. 
  5. ^ "Call from Ronda Rousey inspired Kelvin Gastelum in upset TUF 17 win". 2013-02-20. 
  6. ^ "Episode no 5 recap The Ultimate Fighter 17 Team Jones vs Team Sonnen". 2013-02-19. 
  7. ^ "Episode no 10 recap The Ultimate Fighter 17 Team Jones vs Team Sonnen". 2013-03-26. 
  8. ^ "Episode no 12 recap The Ultimate fighter 17 Team Jones vs team Sonnen". 2013-04-09. 
  9. ^ "TUF 17 finals set with Team Sonnen fighters Kelvin Gastelum vs Uriah Hall". 2013-04-09. 
  10. ^ Staff (2013-04-17). "Kelvin Gastelum Planning to Move Down to Welterweight". Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  11. ^ Staff (2013-06-04). "Kelvin Gastelum vs. Paulo Thiago slated for UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 in Indy". Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  12. ^ Staff (2013-07-23). "Brian Melancon replaces Paulo Thiago, meets Kevin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 27". Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  13. ^ Staff (2013-11-14). "Kelvin Gastelum out of UFC on FOX 9 Fight". Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  14. ^ "'TUF 17' winner Kelvin Gastelum recovering, wants Rick Story fight". 2013-12-30. 
  15. ^ Staff (2014-04-09). "Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nico Musoke booked for UFC Fight Night in San Antonio". Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  16. ^ Staff (2014-06-28). "UFC Fight Night 44 weigh-in results: Headliners on weight, but Gastelum heavy". Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  17. ^ Mookie Alexander (2014-08-26). "Ellenberger vs. Gastelum among four fights confirmed for UFC 180". Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  18. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2014-11-15). "UFC 180 results: Kelvin Gastelum stuns Jake Ellenberger with first-round choke". 
  19. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-11-15). "UFC 180 bonuses: Werdum, Gastelum, Briones, Cannetti win $50,000". 
  20. ^ Staff (2014-11-19). "Kelvin Gastelum vs. Tyron Woodley set for co-main of UFC 183 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  21. ^ Doyle, Dave. "UFC 183 results: Tyron Woodley decisions Kelvin Gastelum; doesn't want his money". Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
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  23. ^ Staff (2015-03-24). "Kelvin Gastelum returns to middleweight, meets Nate Marquardt at UFC 188". 
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