Many UFC fighters are shifting from one division to another because of various reasons; Kelvin Gastelum is one of those fighters who decided to change weight classes. Gastelum dropped down from the middleweight division to the welterweight division.
He is set to clash against Sean Brady in less than 24 hours. Gastelum wants to ensure that he made the right choice by making the shift in weight classes and being regret-free. He is more than ready to put on a show tomorrow, and it will be fascinating to see how well he performs as a welterweight fighter.
Kelvin Gastelum on dropping to the welterweight division
In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Kelvin Gastelum expressively shared his thoughts on dropping down from the middleweight to the welterweight division. “I went through several years when I was getting injured and fights were falling through,” Gastelum said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com.
“I went through many tough moments. In my opinion, I lost many years due to injury, the knee and mouth surgery, then I fracture my nose. I was able to overcome that and put that behind me. Now I feel good, but I also feel I lost years, maybe even a small chapter of my career.
… I feel like there’s this window and one day it will fully close, and I don’t want to have any regrets for when that day comes. (Dropping to welterweight) is a decision I made for myself. How dedicated do I want to be at this sport? I want to make sure I did everything to be world champion”.
Gastelum on fighting as a welterweight: “Because I did have success at middleweight, I thought that maybe I could get away with it and still be there fighting those guys, but the truth is that they were too big, they’re too big, and I was at a big disadvantage.
Welterweight has always been my weight class and where I’ve always should’ve been. But like I said, I did have success at middleweight, and I was comfortable there without having to do much sacrifice in the diet”.