|Born||October 24, 1991|
San Jose, California, United States
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
Middleweight (2010–2013, 2016–present)
|Reach||71 1⁄2 in (182 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Yuma, Arizona, United States|
Yuma United MMA
|Rank||Black belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu under Brian Beaumont|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Kelvin Gastelum (born October 24, 1991) is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes for the UFC. He has competed in the company since he won The Ultimate Fighter 17. As of February 15, 2021 he is #8 in the UFC middleweight rankings.
Mixed martial arts career
Gastelum won a Division III AIA state wrestling title out of Cibola High School and continued to wrestle at North Idaho College, where he was ranked as high as fifth in the country (NJCAA) as a freshman before deciding to compete in mixed martial arts professionally. He worked as a bail bondsman prior to training MMA full-time.
The Ultimate Fighter
In January 2013, it was announced that Gastelum was selected for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen. 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.
In the quarterfinals, Gastelum would take on Collin Hart. He won the fight by TKO in the first round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Gastelum faced teammate Uriah Hall in the finals at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Gastelum won the fight via split decision to win the Ultimate Fighter 17, becoming the youngest winner in the show's history at 21 years old and earned a UFC contract. After the victory, Gastelum announced he would be moving down a weight class to compete in the UFC 's welterweight division.
Gastelum was expected to face Paulo Thiago on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27. However, Thiago pulled out of the bout citing a knee injury and was replaced by Brian Melancon. Gastelum finished Melancon via rear naked choke in the first round.
Gastelum faced Nico Musoke on June 28, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 44. Gastelum missed weight by one and three-quarter pounds and forfeited 20% of his fight purse to Musoke. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Gastelum next fought Jake Ellenberger on November 15, 2014 at UFC 180 as the co-main event. He won the fight in the first round via rear-naked choke. The win also earned Gastelum his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
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. 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.
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 ordered Gastelum to move up to middleweight. In his return to middleweight, Gastelum faced Nate Marquardt at UFC 188 on June 13, 2015. He won the fight via TKO after Marquardt's corner stopped the fight between the second and third round.
Gastelum was expected to face Matt Brown in a welterweight bout on November 21, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. However, Brown withdrew from the fight due to an ankle injury suffered in training. He was replaced by Neil Magny. Gastelum lost the fight by split decision. Both participants earned Fight of the Night honors.
Gastelum was expected to face Donald Cerrone at UFC 205 but, on the day of the weigh-ins, Gastelum did not make an attempt to formally make the 171 lbs limit and the bout was scrapped. This made it the third time Gastelum failed to make the 170 lb weight limit, prompting Dana White to say that he will "never let him fight at 170 again".
Gastelum next fought Vitor Belfort on March 11, 2017 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 106. He won the fight via TKO in the first round. The win also earned Gastelum a Performance of the Night bonus award.
Gastelum was expected to face Anderson Silva at UFC 212. However, he was pulled from the event after USADA learned he tested positive for high levels of marijuana metabolite Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannabinol (Carboxy-THC) above the 180 ng/mL allowance by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) from his previous drug test for his bout against Belfort. On May 7, Gastelum's win over Belfort was officially overturned to a "No Contest" and he was suspended 90 days (retroactive to the March 11 test date). The Performance of the Night which Gastelum had been awarded against Vitor Belfort was also rescinded.
The bout with Anderson Silva was rescheduled and was expected to take place at a UFC Fight Night on November 25, 2017. However, Silva was pulled from the bout due to failing a USADA drug test and was replaced by Michael Bisping. Gastelum defeated Bisping by knockout in the first round. He also earned his second Performance of the Night bonus award.
In July 2018, the UFC announced that Gastelum and Robert Whittaker were selected as coaches for Ultimate Fighter 28  On November 2, 2018, it was announced that Gastelum was scheduled to face Whittaker for the middleweight title on February 9, 2019 at UFC 234. However, Whittaker pulled out of the event a few hours prior and forced to undergo emergency dual surgery later in the day due to an abdominal hernia of the intestine and a twisted and collapsed bowel.
Gastelum faced Israel Adesanya on April 13, 2019 at UFC 236 for the interim UFC Middleweight championship. He lost the fight via unanimous decision in a back and forth fight. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award, and was later voted the 2019 Fight of the Year by multiple MMA media outlets.
Gastelum faced Darren Till at UFC 244 in New York City, New York on November 2, 2019. Subsequent to the event's weigh-ins, the NYSAC issued a rare statement that they would be pursuing disciplinary action against Gastelum. Per the statement, the Athletic Commission stated upon review of Gastelum's weigh-in video that they "determined that Mr. Gastelum made contact with another person while on the scale, a violation of the weigh in policy. As the result, Gastelum and his coach, Rafael Cordeiro, were fined $1,000 and $200 respectively by New York State Athletic Commission. The official weight determination would not be disturbed, and Mr. Gastelum would not be disqualified from competing in UFC 244." He lost the fight via split decision. Gastelum was suspended by USADA for 9 months for testing testing positive for marijuana in relation to his bout with Darren Till at UFC 244 in November 2019 but the suspension was reduced to 5 months after Gastelum's successful completion of a drug treatment program.
Gastelum was scheduled to face Ian Heinisch on January 30, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 186. On December 26, 2020, it was announced that the bout has moved to UFC 258 on February 13, 2021. Gastelum won the fight via unanimous decision.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- The Ultimate Fighter 17 Winner
- Fight of the Night (Three times) vs. Neil Magny, Ronaldo Souza, and Israel Adesanya
- Performance of the Night (Two times) vs. Jake Ellenberger and Michael Bisping. Also won Performance of the Night for Belfort fight before the result was changed.
- World MMA Awards
- 2014 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- MMA Fighting
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||16 wins||6 losses|
|Win||16–6 (1)||Ian Heinisch||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 258||February 13, 2021||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||15–6 (1)||Jack Hermansson||Submission (heel hook)||UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2||July 19, 2020||1||1:18||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Loss||15–5 (1)||Darren Till||Decision (split)||UFC 244||November 2, 2019||3||5:00||New York City, New York, United States|
|Loss||15–4 (1)||Israel Adesanya||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 236||April 13, 2019||5||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||For the interim UFC Middleweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||15–3 (1)||Ronaldo Souza||Decision (split)||UFC 224||May 12, 2018||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||14–3 (1)||Michael Bisping||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum||November 25, 2017||1||2:30||Shanghai, China||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||13–3 (1)||Chris Weidman||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC on Fox: Weidman vs. Gastelum||July 22, 2017||3||3:45||Uniondale, New York, United States|
|NC||13–2 (1)||Vitor Belfort||NC (overturned)||UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum||March 11, 2017||1||3:52||Fortaleza, Brazil||Originally a TKO (punches) win for Gastelum; overturned after he tested positive for a marijuana metabolite.|
|Win||13–2||Tim Kennedy||TKO (punches)||UFC 206||December 10, 2016||3||2:45||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Return to Middleweight.|
|Win||12–2||Johny Hendricks||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 200||July 9, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Catchweight (171.25 lb) bout; Hendricks missed weight.|
|Loss||11–2||Neil Magny||Decision (split)||The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale: Magny vs. Gastelum||November 21, 2015||5||5:00||Monterrey, Mexico||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||11–1||Nate Marquardt||TKO (corner stoppage)||UFC 188||June 13, 2015||2||5:00||Mexico City, Mexico||Middleweight bout.|
|Loss||10–1||Tyron Woodley||Decision (split)||UFC 183||January 31, 2015||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Catchweight (180 lb) 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 lb) 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: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen Finale||April 13, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won The Ultimate Fighter 17 Middleweight Tournament.|
|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 7, 2012||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||Submission (kimura)||Latin American Warriors 1: Heatwave||July 16, 2011||3||2:26||Mexicali, Mexico|
|Win||1–0||Jose Sanchez||TKO (submission to punches)||Latin American Fighter 1: Border Wars||December 11, 2010||2||1:38||Mexicali, Mexico|
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|4 matches||4 wins||0 losses|
|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||TKO (punches)||March 26, 2013 (air date)||1||0:33||TUF 17 quarter-final.|
|Win||2–0||Bubba McDaniel||Submission (rear-naked choke)||February 17, 2013 (air date)||2||2:39||TUF 17 elimination round.|
|Win||1–0||Kito Andrews||Decision (unanimous)||January 22, 2013 (air date)||2||5:00||TUF 17 preliminary round.|
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