Kelvin Gastelum has stepped as much as combat Jared Cannonier on August 21 after Paulo Costa withdrew from the bout in what seems to be a protest about pay.
Brett Okamoto of ESPN first reported the information on social media final evening.
“Per sources, Paulo Costa has withdrawn from his principal occasion in opposition to Jared Cannonier on Aug. 21. Kelvin Gastelum (@KelvinGastelum) has agreed to take his place,” Okamoto wrote.
‘Borrachinha’ later claimed he had by no means signed to combat Cannonier in August and wouldn’t be doing in order the UFC refused to pay him principal occasion cash.
“UFC must pay me as principal fighter to have preventing in principal occasions. Youtubers are displaying all shame on this enterprise,” Costa wrote on social media. “Simply to be clear. I by no means signed or locked up that contract. Why ufc introduced this combat if didn’t signed? My query too”
In steps Gastelum, who’s making a behavior of changing Costa in principal occasion slots. Earlier this 12 months the Final Fighter winner fought Robert Whittaker on brief discover after the Brazilian withdrew because of sickness. On this event, Gastelum will get just about a full camp to tackle the middleweight #4, Cannonier.
Gastelum is in a poor patch of type. The previous interim title challenger has misplaced 4 of his final 5 UFC bouts, along with his solely win coming in opposition to Ian Heinisch who’s not ranked at 185lbs.
Cannonier gave the impression to be heading in the direction of a middleweight title shot earlier than he fell brief in opposition to Whittaker final outing. ‘The Killa Gorrila’ was outpointed over three rounds by Whittaker in a defeat which ended Cannonier’s excellent run since dropping down in weight. The 37-year-old had picked up three consecutive TKO wins earlier than he bumped into the previous champ.
Do you suppose Paulo Costa made the precise name by withdrawing from his proposed August 21 combat with Jared Cannonier?