Paulo Thiago Reportedly Out of UFC Fight Night 27 Bout Against Kelvin Gastelum

July 22, 2013
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Paulo-Thiago-UFC121w-460x270A UFC Fight Night 27 bout between Kelvin Gastelum and Paulo Thiago has been derailed.

Thiago has injured his left knee, forcing him out of the fight, according to a report by

The two were slated to meet as part of the undercard for UFC Fight Night 27: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 (formerly UFC on Fox Sports 1 #2) on Aug. 28 in Indianapolis. A welterweight rematch between Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann headlines the fight card.

Gastelum (6-0) defeated heavily favored Team Sonnen teammate Uriah Hall at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale on April 13 in his official UFC debt, becoming the youngest winner in the reality show’s history.

In the days following the win, the 21-year-old announced that he would be dropping from the middleweight division to the 170-pound weight class.

His first test at welterweight was to be Paulo Thiago.

Thiago (15-5) made waves when he arrived in the UFC by knocking out Josh Koscheck at UFC 95.  He’s had a mixed bag of results since, going 4-5 in his next nine fights.  He most recently scored a decision victory over Michel Prazeres on May 18.

UFC officials are currently searching for a replacement to fight Gastelum.

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  • baldy 23

    He should rematch kito andrews kelvins toughfest test yet

  • Throw him Rick Story.

    • Mark McDowall

      That would be a good fight!

      • It’s a tough fight but at the same time Rick has been up and down in his career, getting some big wins, some tough losses and getting handled by Maia. He’s still the only guy to hand Hendricks a loss. I could be over looking the rest of the division though, but his name stands out to me as a good style fight for him.

        • Mark McDowall

          I think style wise its an interesting fight. Unless you give him someone like Koscheck or Maia or a top 10 ranked guy Story seems to make the most sense.

    • bajafox

      I like it

  • el che

    so… you telling me that Gastelum already has an “official UFC debt” ? dammit mmaweekly – seriously, why do i bother?

  • Lenny De La Cruz

    damian maia. DOIT

    • Mark McDowall

      Great fight IMO but Maia is on a tare…can’t really throw a guy fresh out of TUF against a top 5/10 WW.