TUF 17 Winner Kelvin Gastelum Draws Paulo Thiago in his Welterweight Debut

June 4, 2013
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Kelvin Gastelum TUF 17 Winner-478x270The Ultimate Fighter 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum is dropping down to the welterweight division to face Paulo Thiago on the second UFC on Fox Sports 1 card. UFC on FS1 2 is slated Aug. 28 in Indianapolis.

Gastelum confirmed the news via Twitter on Tuesday.

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 will 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 enters the match-up coming off of a decision win over Michel Prazeres on May 18.

UFC on Fox Sports 1: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 takes place on Aug. 28 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.  The event is headlined by a rematch between former UFC interim welterweight titleholder Carlos Condit and perennial contender Martin Kampmann.

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  • zztoppppp

    Wow I thought they would feed this guy a few no-names to help build his confidence/hype…guess not.

    • Triggerman99

      No, they’re gonna do that to Uriah Hall instead. He’s the marketing gem of that season, even though Kelvin was the winner.

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    Great fight for Kelvin. Paulo Thiago hasn’t had the best run in the UFC but he’s taken on some of the best guys out there. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go if he losses this fight.

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  • Sean Sherk You’re Dead

    I think it’s a bit too soon for Gastelum to fight Thiago, He never faced a grappler like him who has solid hands.. I don’t how this is going to end

    • shakejunt

      certainly a big jump in competition, but we’ll get to see if uriah choked or if kelvin really is that good.

  • drkdisciple

    Don’t think Gastelum will have a very long career in the UFC. I believe that Bader was the last good TUF winner and that was a longgggggg time ago.

    • Sean Sherk You’re Dead

      John Dodson is Pretty good

  • ned sto

    Kelvin seems to continue to be more capable than people give him credit for.

    During TUF Kelvin was apparently a WW, fighting guys that had a hard time cutting down to MW. Bubba got choked out, who came with high credentials. Pulled out of the losers bracket because he had such strong potential.
    Josh, who kept calling Kelvin out as an easy victory where he wouldn’t take any damage, so confident that he was going to be in the finale, got choked out and manhandled as well.
    Uriah Hall, the new Anderson Silva was surrounded by hype and Kelvin very maturely managed to keep his composure and win the show. It wasn’t all hype with Uriah, he did have two viscous knock outs. Kelvin seemed nonplussed where other fighters ( at that age ) would normally have some serious reservations about entering the octagon against a guy like that.

    Thiago is going to be a great fight for Kelvin. I do not believe Kelvin will be overwhelmed by his reputation, or his ground game. Kelvin is the most overlooked, underrated TUF winner imo.

  • Cereal Killer

    I’m just tired of having a season at 185 to bring in fresh talent to challenge Silva, just for the winner to drop down in weight. They need to figure out how to get the guys to fight at the show weight for their first contract.

    • Lucas Freire

      What about a LHW show?! :D
      I mean,it’s not like it only happens at MW shows.

      They fight a division above in TUF because they hardly have an ideal preparation for most fights.