Kelvin Gastelum wants to return to the welterweight division after his submission loss to Chris Weidman at UFC on FOX 25 on Saturday.
Kelvin Gastelum has moved between middleweight and welterweight multiple times over the past two years, and most recently, he has been adamant on fighting consistently in both divisions.
It seemed like after two straight stoppage wins at 185 pounds, Gastelum had finally accepted he performs better at the heavier weight class and should stay put where he is. But after getting tapped out and manhandled by a bigger and stronger Chris Weidman on UFC on FOX 25, he’s ready to drop back down to the welterweight division.
“I feel like 170 is my home,” Gastelum said at the post-fight press conference in Long Island, N.Y. “I need to reassess some things, change my lifestyle up a little bit.
“I think my next fight should be at 170. That’s what I’m gonna push for.”
Gastelum revealed plans to head out to Las Vegas to train and get his diet in check at the new UFC Performance Institute.
“They have great dietitians there that I’m going to be working with, and strength-and-conditioning coaches that I’m going to be working with,” he said.
The Weidman loss snapped a three-fight unbeaten streak for Gastelum. His recent wins include knockouts over Vitor Belfort (which was overturned to a no contest after a positive test for marijuana) and Tim Kennedy at middleweight, as well as a decision win over former UFC champion Johny Hendricks at welterweight. Saturday’s submission defeat was Gastelum’s third pro loss and first stoppage loss.