Kelvin Gastelum

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Kelvin Gastelum
Born (1991-10-24) October 24, 1991 (age 22)[1]
San Jose, California, USA
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight (2013-present)
Middleweight (2010-2013)
Reach 71.5 in (182 cm)
Style Wrestling
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Yuma, Arizona, USA
Team

Arizona Athletic Club

Yuma United MMA
Rank Purple belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 8
Wins 8
By knockout 3
By submission 3
By decision 2
Losses 0
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Kelvin Gastelum (born October 24, 1991) is an undefeated American mixed martial artist currently fighting as a Welterweight in the UFC. He was the winner of FX's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen. As of March 17, 2014, he is #13 in official UFC welterweight rankings.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

The son of Mexican immigrants, Gastelum was a state championship wrestler 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.[3] 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 champ Ronda Rousey, who wished Gastelum good luck on his fight and said that if he won that she would come down to the TUF gym and teach a session.[4] He won in the second round via a rear naked choke submission.[5]

In the quarter-finals, Gastelum would take on Collin Hart. He won the fight via first round knockout.[6]

In the semi-finals, 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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

Gastelum was expected to face Paulo Thiago on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27.[10] However, Thiago pulled out of the bout citing a knee injury and was replaced by Brian Melancon.[11] 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.[12]

Gastelum faced Rick Story on March 15, 2014 at UFC 171, a fight that he had specifically asked for.[13] He won the back-and-forth fight via split decision.

Gastelum is expected to face Nicholas Musoke on June 28, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens.[14]

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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) RITC - 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) DRFCF - 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, Baja California, Mexico
Win 1–0 Jose Sanchez Submission (punches) LAF 1 - Border Wars December 11, 2010 2 1:38 Mexicali, Baja California, 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 (air date) 1 4:03 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 17 semi-final
Win 3–0 Collin Hart KO (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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kelvin Gastelum's profile". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  2. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  3. ^ "The Ultimate Fighter 17 cast revealed". mmafighting.com. 2013-01-09. 
  4. ^ "Call from Ronda Rousey inspired Kelvin Gastelum in upset TUF 17 win". mmajunkie.com. 2013-02-20. 
  5. ^ "Episode no 5 recap The Ultimate Fighter 17 Team Jones vs Team Sonnen". mmajunkie.com. 2013-02-19. 
  6. ^ "Episode no 10 recap The Ultimate Fighter 17 Team Jones vs Team Sonnen". mmajunkie.com. 2013-03-26. 
  7. ^ "Episode no 12 recap The Ultimate fighter 17 Team Jones vs team Sonnen". mmajunkie.com. 2013-04-09. 
  8. ^ "TUF 17 finals set with Team Sonnen fighters Kelvin Gastelum vs Uriah Hall". mmajunkie.com. 2013-04-09. 
  9. ^ Staff (2013-04-17). "Kelvin Gastelum Planning to Move Down to Welterweight". 8angles.com. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  10. ^ Staff (2013-06-04). "Kelvin Gastelum vs. Paulo Thiago slated for UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 in Indy". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  11. ^ Staff (2013-07-23). "Brian Melancon replaces Paulo Thiago, meets Kevin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 27". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  12. ^ Staff (2013-11-14). "Kelvin Gastelum out of UFC on FOX 9 Fight". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  13. ^ "'TUF 17' winner Kelvin Gastelum recovering, wants Rick Story fight". mmajunkie.com. 2013-12-30. 
  14. ^ Staff (2014-04-09). "Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nico Musoke booked for UFC Fight Night in San Antonio". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 

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