The New York Athletic Commission announced that UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum is suspended six months for failure to appear at the UFC 205 weigh-in’s.
It is no stranger to us that Kelvin Gastelum has had issues, making the required weight for his fights lately. At UFC 205, Kelvin Gastelum was scheduled to meet Donald Cerrone, but Gastelum did not show up to the weigh-in’s and shortly thereafter the bout with Cerrone was called off. Kelvin Gastelum’s issue in meeting the required welterweight weight marker did not sit well with UFC President Dana White.
Dana White said that he will not allow Gastelum to fight at 170 pounds again. With Dana White looking serious about not wanting Gastelum to fight at welterweight again, it looks like he is bound for a return to middleweight. Breaking into the UFC, Kelvin Gastelum was a middleweight and later transitioned to welterweight in his second fight with the promotion.
During his 7-fight tenure and three missed weigh-in’s it is truly time for him to move up to middleweight. Kelvin Gastelum will be able to return from suspension on April 21st, 2017 and hopefully we see a turnaround for Kelvin Gastelum as the talent is there, but his weight-cutting technique needs to change and change fast.
Kelvin Gastelum was 3-0 at welterweight bouts and 2-1 catchweight in the UFC with notable victories over Jake Ellenberger, Nate Marquardt and Brian Melancon at 170 pounds.