Kelvin Gastelum open to fighting Vitor Belfort at 185 pounds

TUF 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum was supposed to be part of UFC 205 last November 12th, in a welterweight bout against Donald Cerrone. His nagging weight issues, however, had proved to be troublesome for him once again, as it forced him out of the said fight.

The 25-year-old fighter was then rescheduled for a new fight against Tim Kennedy on Saturday night at UFC 206, back in his original weight class at 185 pounds. After putting on an impressive performance and winning by third-round TKO, Gastelum has set his sights for bigger fights at middleweight down the line.

“I think if I’m offered a fight that interests me at 185, I don’t see why I wouldn’t stay here. But I think 170 is my optimal weight class,” Gastelum said during the UFC 206 post-fight presser (via MMA Fighting). “I took this fight as a favor for the UFC. I knew they needed a replacement for Rashad Evans, so I stepped in. And I heard they need another replacement in Brazil with Vitor Belfort, so if they want to make that happen, then I’m willing to step up and do that as well.”

The scrapped fight against Cerrone was the fourth time Gastelum missed the mark making the 170-pound limit in the UFC. Being aware of the root cause of the problem, he says a major lifestyle change will be in effect soon.

“I get too heavy outside of camp, and that’s my problem. I like to eat my Mexican food. And it shouldn’t be that way,” Gastelum admitted. “My whole camp is concentrated on losing the weight that I gained outside of camp, so it just shouldn’t be that way.”

“I was able to get away with it the last few fights, but the older I get, the harder it is to cut the weight. I think if I change my lifestyle up a bit and create a better lifestyle, where I’m at a better weight outside of training camp. I think it’ll be a better fit.”