Kelvin Gastelum Discusses His Move to Welterweight & Fighting Brian Melancon
Posted by Larry Csonka on 08.24.2013
At UFC Fight Night 27…
- Kelvin Gastelum recently spoke about his move to welterweight and more. Here are the highlights…
On The Change in Opponent: "The opponent change, I was kind of bummed that (Thiago) had to pull out of the fight. "He's a guy I respect very much, and I wanted to test myself. He's a veteran and has been in there with a lot of big-profile names like Josh Koscheck and Mike Swick. At the same time, I thought it was a fight I could win. But things happen, and people get injured, and this time it just happened to me. But I'm excited to be fighting again."
On Being The Underdog Against Uriah Hall: "I felt the energy, and the crowd really had my back," he said. "I even heard my name shouted during the fight. That was something I didn't expect, but I thought it was cool at the same time. I came into that fight real confident and I had a lot of people behind me that believed in me. That's what's most important in a training camp – you have to have people around you that believe in you, and that's what I had."
On Moving to Welterweight: "I feel fantastic – my weight's dropped, and I feel faster and stronger," Gastelum said. "You're going to see a whole different Kelvin Gastelum than you're used to. The hardest part was getting used to the meals. I'm used to eating whatever I want, and this is the first time I've had to follow a strict diet. I sneaked in a couple treats for myself every now and then, but overall I stuck to it pretty good. My weight's on track right now, and I'm going to be ready to go on Wednesday. After the fight, I'm going to stick to it. I don't want to get too heavy and have to cut all this weight again. I'm going to stay lean and mean in case (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva calls and says to get ready in a couple weeks. That could very well happen, and I want to stay ready."
On Making a Statement at Welterweight: "Every fight I go in trying to knock the guy out or submit him," Gastelum said. "The Uriah Hall fight was the only fight of my career to go to a decision. Going down to 170, I want to make a statement and really put on a show and put Melancon down, whether it be a knockout or submission."