Kelvin Gastelum will attempt to finish the primary two-fight dropping streak of his skilled profession later this night (Sat., July 18, 2020) at UFC Battle Island 2 dwell on ESPN+ from inside Flash Discussion board on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, when he takes on middleweight contender Jack Hermansson within the co-main occasion.
Gastelum, 28, has fallen on powerful instances within the UFC’s jam-packed middleweight division. After compiling a 3-1 (1 NC) report over his first 5 fights since returning to 185 kilos again in 2016 Gastelum had the chance to combat Israel Adesanya for the interim title at UFC 236. Gastelum ended up dropping that middleweight affair as “Final Stylebender” poured in the most effective fifth rounds you’ll ever see in a title combat.
Following his loss to Adesanya, Gastelum tried to proper the ship by welcoming Darren Until to the middleweight heap final November at UFC 244. Until ended up defeating Gastelum by way of cut up resolution by using his vary and dimension on the toes. It was the primary time in Gastelum’s profession that he tasted back-to-back defeats.
Regardless of his latest lack of success within the cage UFC president Dana White isn’t fairly able to depend Gastelum out at 185 kilos. As a substitute of his co-main occasion conflict with Hermansson as a possible passing of the torch White is aware of that Gastelum nonetheless has what it takes to show in an amazing outing.
“That child’s at all times thrilling,” White mentioned. “He’s at all times in enjoyable fights, and I believe (Saturday) night time’s going to be the identical, too. I believe that’s a very enjoyable combat. He’s at all times in it. He’s at all times proper there. We’ll discover out. I don’t assume it’s a crossroads combat, although. It is a child that win, lose or draw will nonetheless be within the prime 10, will nonetheless be thrilling and may pull out a win with one punch.”
It must be famous that whereas Gastelum has been completed as soon as in his skilled profession Hermansson has tasted defeat 4 instances by way of knockout or submission (three of which got here below the UFC banner). That implies that Gastelum ought to have the possibility to finish the combat early if he’s in a position to bypass Hermansson’s longer body and harmful clinch sport.
If Gastelum is ready to seize victory over “The Joker” it would do wonders for his 2021 marketing campaign as he pushes for an eventual rematch with Adesanya. But when the previous Final Fighter winner drops his third combat in a row he could find yourself asking the promotion to maneuver again all the way down to 170 kilos for a contemporary begin (once more).
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