Kelvin Gastelum ‘actually wanted fight’ against Jared Cannonier (Video)


Kelvin Gastelum needed a match towards Jared Cannonier, so he was excited to step in when Paulo Costa dropped out.

All eyes had been on the primary occasion of UFC 263, and nobody was extra than Kelvin Gastelum.  Becoming a member of the media previous to the primary occasion to offer his predictions, Gastelum gave some perception into his personal upcoming most important occasion towards Jared Cannonier at UFC Struggle Night time Vegas scheduled for August 21, 2021.

Gastelum joins the cardboard as a alternative for Paulo Costa. Costa dropped from the battle for unconfirmed causes, however Gastelum was not shocked and believes that his well being and never cash result in the withdrawal.

“Costa is, uh, I’ve a whole lot of respect for him as a fighter. However I really feel like, all through his profession, he’s been very injury-prone. So I felt like possibly for that battle, one thing would possibly occur.
And certainly one of them would step out and positively, you understand, that occurred. And sadly for Costa, he’s out, I’m in. This time I get a full camp, which I’m enthusiastic about.”

Gastelum is seeking to get proper again within the combine after, admittedly, his final outing didn’t pan out as he had hoped.

“There’s no straightforward fights when you break the highest 5 and I fought all of them, you understand? And, you understand, I simply need my likelihood to show myself. I do know issues haven’t gone my method, however I nonetheless imagine in myself imagine. I imagine that I can get the job finished to beat these guys. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t say it.”

Gastelum is aware of that he has work to do earlier than a rematch with Whittaker.

As Gastelum prepares for Cannonier, he’s looking forward to a possible rematch with Robert Whitaker. Reflecting on their first bout, Gastelum is aware of there may be work to be finished.

“He (Whittaker) was only a step forward your entire time and it actually motivated me. It actually lit a fireplace in me to know that man, I nonetheless have sort of just a little bit of labor to get to that sort of stage.”

“He impressed me rather a lot. I didn’t suppose he was that good (chuckles). And looking out again on the battle, it’s like, man, nobody has ever finished (that). I’ve by no means felt like that in a battle, you understand, the place, not even Israel Adesanya didn’t really feel like that. He actually pissed off me, actually made me look dangerous. And he was only a step forward of your entire battle.”


UFC 263 passed off on Saturday, June 12, 2021, dwell from the Gila River Enviornment in Glendale, AZ. Observe together with FanSided who’s on-site all week for all of your dwell information and highlights.


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