Monday Morning Hangover: What’s subsequent for Kelvin Gastelum after loss at UFC Vegas 34?

One other weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone with UFC Vegas 34 taking place inside UFC APEX final Sat. evening (Aug. 21, 2021) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Loads of fighters had been left licking their wounds, together with Roosevelt Roberts, who was knocked out by Ignacio Bahamondes through dazzling wheel kick (see it once more right here).

And Brandon Royval, who was submitted by Alexandre Pantoja by rear bare choke. However which fighter is affected by the worst post-fight hangover, now just a few days faraway from the present?

Kelvin Gastelum.

Coming into his headlining bout towards Jared Cannonier, Gastelum was eyeing a much-needed win after getting picked aside by former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in his earlier battle. The previous Final Fighter (TUF) 17 winner additionally wanted the victory in an effort to maintain his spot within the Prime 10 membership.

Sadly issues didn’t go as deliberate for the 29 year-old veteran, who wound up dropping a unanimous determination to “Killa Gorilla,” giving him his second straight loss and dropping him to 1-5 in his final six fights.

It’s not likely a streak a former title contender often has, particularly one who nonetheless has the instruments to hold with a number of the finest fighters on the planet. Since 2019, Gastelum has fought nothing however the cream of the crop and has been aggressive in most of these fights. However Gastelum’s lone win since 2019 is towards Ian Heinisch, who isn’t ranked within the Prime 15.

Regardless of one other setback, Gastelum is not going to let it carry him fully down as a result of he really feels he isn’t too far off from being one of the best of one of the best.

“Congratulations to Jared Cannonier on a really aggressive battle,” he wrote on Twitter. “Small changes and we’re again on high! Tonight simply proved that! We’re very near being one of the best on the earth. Virtually there and on to the subsequent one!”

Making changes is certainly what Gastelum must do to steer his ship again in the appropriate course. He can all the time drop right down to welterweight however making 170 kilos has all the time been a problem for him. Altering camps can be a route some struggling fighters do, however it wouldn’t behoove Gastelum on this case as a result of he’s arrange with an incredible fitness center at Kings MMA with top-of-the-line trainers on the earth in Rafael Cordeiro.

Solely Gastelum and his group know what wants to alter to ensure that him to get again to the place the place he was starching veterans comparable to Michael Bisping and Vitor Belfort. The one factor we are able to do is guess who he’ll face in his comeback battle.

For my cash, a battle towards Brad Tavares is sensible. The Hawaiian scrapper is at present on a two-fight win streak, however he’s sitting exterior of the Prime 10 at No. 13, whereas Gastelum is holding robust at No. 9. It’s a battle that advantages each athletes as a result of Tavares can break by to changing into one of many 10 finest 185-pound fighters on the earth.

In Gastelum’s case, getting again into the win column is the aim right here to easily stop falling additional down the 185-pound ladder and to remind the fight sports activities world he’s removed from accomplished.

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