The 25 year old TUF winner takes on veteran Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 106 in Fortaleza, Brazil. This is the second time Gastelum will fight in the Middleweight division after Dana White told Fox Sports “I’ll never let him fight at 170 again,” having failed to make weight to fight Donald Cerrone at UFC 205.
Gastelum’s only two losses come from Neil Magney and Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley. Gastelum put on a stellar performance handing Tim Kennedy his final loss at UFC 206 showing slick boxing and wrestling skills.
A win against Belfort will undoubtedly raise Gastelum’s stock and propel him up the Middleweight rankings to secure a fight against a top 5 opponent.
Check out Gastelum’s highlight reel below.
Its no secret Interim Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo is far from happy with his current situation within the UFC. After a win against Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 he had been promised another crack at Conor Mcgregor with the hope of regaining his title, but this was not to be. Aldo recently flew out to Vegas to meet Dana White to discuss face to face the future of his fighting career.
Aldo spoke with Brett Okamoto(ESPN) in Las Vegas after his meeting with UFC President Dana White, “I feel happy I got to speak with Dana White face to face and it feels like a weight has been lifted”.
Aldo(28-2) the former WEC Featherweight Champion became the UFC Featherweight Champion in 2010 after the WEC-UFC merger and has seven title defenses in the promotion. When asked about his future in the sport Aldo replied, “My current intention is to no longer fight. At this moment no (I wont fight), nobody knows.”
It doesn’t look like there will be any legal issues between the two parties but it also seems like the Interim Champion has lost all desire to fight again, “If I had no contracts binding me I don’t think right now I would have the motivation to fight, of course I have a contract and I have obligations. I am not going to legally challenge my contract.”
Lets hope Aldo gets his motivation back as it would be sad to see a fighter of such a high pedigree slip away from the sport.
The Queen of Curitiba Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino steamrolled yet another opponent last night at UFC Brasilia. Lina Lansberg was built up to be a world class kick boxer and I am sure she is but Cyborg is on a whole other planet. Unfortunately for Lina it looked like a complete mismatch, although she did show great toughness and heart by taking some serious punishment from Cyborg.
Cyborg boxed her up in the first round and dominated all the inside space in the grappling exchanges against the cage. The second Round was no different with Cyborg going straight down the middle landing heavy shots to the nose of Lansberg. The fight was eventually stopped shortly after Cyborg took her down and finished her with powerful ground and pound.
Everyone knows at this stage this catch wight scenario is completely ridiculous. Cyborg is the 145lb Invicta champion and is in my view the top woman’s p4p fighter in the world. The weigh cut down to 140lb is an absolute killer for her, with videos of her crying and fainting in her hotel room this week during the brutal cut, its more that disturbing.
The UFC have the responsibility to look after their fighters well being but they more or less give her the ultimatum, fight at 140lb or you cant fight in the UFC. They know, we know and she sure as hell knows this is not in her best interests health wise. Dehydration from the type of weight she cuts is a serious health risk. By forcing Cyborg to drop down to a 140lb catch weight for micky mouse fights they are potential damaging one of the worlds greatest unnecessarily. Give Cyborg the respect she deserves and give her a 145lb division in the UFC. Fighters such as Rousey, Holm and Tate could fight at 145lb if they wished.
Build it and they will come.