Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum is currently serving a 90-day disciplinary suspension handed down by Brazilian MMA Sports Court (STJDMMA) in the wake of UFC Fight Night 106 back in March.
More on that mess here.
Not long after the verdict was handed down — which overturned his win over Vitor Belfort and booted him from UFC 212 — Gastelum told the mixed martial arts (MMA) community that he was done fighting in Brazil.
STJDMMA president Marcelo Sedlmayer was unimpressed (via MMA Fighting):
There are innumerable arguments that he manifests that have no foundation and are supported by lies. To make it worse, he claims that he smoked three weeks before the fight. That dosage far superior denies that thesis.
It sounds weird an athlete to seek for a plea agreement, sign it, agree with everything, and then go to the media to complain only about the fine.
Professional athletes have the power and duty to be an example. Fans can’t be fans of bad examples. Thousands of people, including children, might have as a reference or incentive to use drugs associated to sports, as something beneficial or to succeed.
Gastelum (13-2, 1 NC) has been unable to get his UFC career on the right track. In fact, the former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) champ wouldn’t even be at middleweight had he properly managed his weight at 170 pounds.
One step forward, two steps back. But was the court out of line with its recent comments?
Source:: mma mania