Kelvin Gastelum talks about how his Facebook friend request to Mike Perry backfired, and how he has learned to ignore the internet trolls.
Just last month, rising UFC middleweight contender, Kelvin Gastelum, woke up to find a derogatory comment from ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry on his Facebook page.
Perry posted that Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza was going to ‘strangle’ Gastelum unconscious in their upcoming middleweight bout at UFC 224 next weekend, so he decided to get creative and send the welterweight slugger a friend request on Facebook.
“What happened was, I woke up one day, and I went to check my Facebook,” Gastelum told reporters Wednesday, per MMA Fighting’s Dave Doyle. “Then he, randomly, I got a Mike Perry comment. I’m like ‘alright, I’m gonna check it,’ and it said ‘Jacare is going to strangle you.’ I’m like, alright, I didn’t reply, I didn’t ‘like’ it or anything. What I did was, I tried to mess with him just to see what he would do, and I sent him a friend request.”
But that’s when things ‘backfired’, as Perry took a screenshot of Gastelum’s friend request and posted it on Twitter.
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) April 22, 2018
“I kind of feel like it backfired,” Gastelum said. “Because he blew it up on Twitter, he kind of made me look like a fool or at least I felt like it. But yeah, I’m not worried about him. I was just kind of messing around just to see what would happen.”
Perry might have made Gastelum look like a ‘fool’ in the online world, but the 26-year-old has learned to ignore the internet trolls on social media.
That wasn’t always the case, however, as the top-five ranked middleweight contender admitted to reading as many comments as he could from internet trolls.
“I’ve learned that people will say anything online,” Gastelum said. “Anything to get your attention, to get you to respond to them. And many of those people are the saddest people on earth. I don’t pay any attention to it. Only sometimes when I want to have some fun… I used to read the comments and think ‘oh my god, what are people thinking about me, what are they saying about me?’ But now it’s just like, I realize some of those people are the most saddest people on earth.”
UFC 224, which features Souza vs. Gastelum as the co-main event, takes place on May 12 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.