Kelvin Gastelum

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Kelvin Gastelum
Kelvin Gastelum.jpg
Born (1991-10-24) October 24, 1991 (age 27)[1]
San Jose, California, United States
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
DivisionWelterweight (2013–2016)
Middleweight (2010–2013, 2015–present)
Reach71 12 in (182 cm)[3]
StyleBoxing, Wrestling,
10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofYuma, Arizona, United States
TeamKings MMA
Yuma United MMA
Rank     Black belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu under Brian Beaumont[4]
Years active2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission4
By decision5
By submission1
By decision2
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Kelvin Gastelum (born October 24, 1991) is an American professional mixed martial artist who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He has competed for the company since he won The Ultimate Fighter 17. Gastelum is currently competing as a middleweight. As of July 26, 2018, he is #4 in the official UFC middleweight rankings.[5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Gastelum was a state championship wrestler at Cibola High School in Yuma, AZ and attended North Idaho College for a year before deciding to compete in mixed martial arts (MMA) professionally. He worked as a bail bondsman prior to training MMA full-time.

He had his first professional fight in Mexico on December 11, 2010 against Jose Sanchez. He won via submission due to punches in the second round.

Following his debut, Gastelum fought in Mexico and Arizona, and amassed an undefeated professional record of 5–0. He finished every opponent he 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.[6] 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.[7] He won in the second round via rear naked choke submission.[8]

In the quarterfinals, Gastelum would take on Collin Hart. He won the fight via first round knockout.[9]

In the semifinals, Gastelum fought Josh Samman. He won via first round rear naked choke, and advanced to the tournament finals.[10]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Gastelum faced teammate Uriah Hall in the finals at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.[11] 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.[12]

Gastelum was expected to face Paulo Thiago on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27.[13] However, Thiago pulled out of the bout citing a knee injury and was replaced by Brian Melancon.[14] 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.[15]

Gastelum faced Rick Story on March 15, 2014 at UFC 171, a fight that he had specifically asked for.[16] He won the back-and-forth fight via split decision.

Gastelum faced Nico Musoke on June 28, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 44.[17] Gastelum missed weight by one and three-quarter pounds and forfeited 20% of his fight purse to Musoke.[18] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Gastelum next fought Jake Ellenberger on November 15, 2014 at UFC 180 as the co-main event.[19] He won the fight in the first round via rear-naked choke.[20] The win also earned Gastelum his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[21]

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.[22] 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.[23]

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.[24] In his return to middleweight, Gastelum faced Nate Marquardt at UFC 188 on June 13, 2015.[25] He won the fight via TKO after Marquardt's corner stopped the fight between the second and third round.[26]

Gastelum was expected to face Matt Brown in a welterweight bout on November 21, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale.[27] However, Brown withdrew from the fight due to an ankle injury suffered in training.[28] He was replaced by Neil Magny.[29] Gastelum lost the fight by split decision.[30] Both participants earned Fight of the Night honors.[31]

Gastelum was scheduled to face Kyle Noke on January 2, 2016 at UFC 195,[32] however, Gastelum pulled out due to a wrist injury and was replaced by Alex Morono.[33]

Gastelum next faced Johny Hendricks on July 9, 2016 at UFC 200.[34] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[35]

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.[36][37] 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".[38]

Gastelum returned to middleweight and faced Tim Kennedy on December 10, 2016 at UFC 206.[39] He won the fight via TKO in the third round.[40]

Gastelum next fought Vitor Belfort on March 11, 2017 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 106.[41] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.[42] The win also earned Gastelum his second Performance of the Night bonus award.[43]

Gastelum was expected to face Anderson Silva at UFC 212.[44] 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.[45] 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).[46]

Gastelum faced Chris Weidman on July 22, 2017 in the main event at UFC on Fox 25.[47] Gastelum lost the fight via submission in the third round.[48]

The bout with Anderson Silva was rescheduled and was expected to take place at a UFC Fight Night on November 25, 2017.[49] However, Silva was pulled from the bout due to failing a USADA drug test and was replaced by Michael Bisping.[50] Gastelum defeated Bisping by knockout in the first round.[51] He also earned his third Performance of the Night bonus award.[52]

Gastelum faced Ronaldo Souza on May 12, 2018 at UFC 224.[53] He won the back and forth fight via split decision.[54] Both combatants received the Fight of the Night bonus.[55]

In July 2018 the UFC announced that Gastelum and Robert Whittaker have been selected as coaches for Ultimate Fighter 28 [56] On November 2, 2018, it was announced that Gastelum is scheduled to face Wittaker for the middleweight title on February 9, 2019 at UFC 234.[57]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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 (punches) 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 Performance of the Night. Originally a TKO victory for Gastelum, overturned to a no contest after testing 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 lbs) 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 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: 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 TKO (punches) Latin American Warriors 1: Heatwave July 16, 2011 3 2:26 Mexicali, Mexico
Win 1–0 Jose Sanchez Submission (punches) Latin American Fighter 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 (air date) 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]


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