Kelvin Gastelum vs. Rick Story
Round 1: Story immediately pressures Gastelum. He lands to the body. Gastelum lands a stiff jab. Story is stalking. He lands to the body. Gastelum lands his jab. Story lands a right hand on the inside. Gastelum continues to establish his jab. Story has a cut on his cheek from Gastelum’s jabs. Story steps in with a jab. Story lands a combination to the body and head. Gastelum steps in with a hard right hand. He lands a head kick that hurts Story. Gastelum gains top position on the ground. He moves to side control. Story rolls and eventually scrambles to his feet. Gastelum delivers a knee to the body. He quickly closed the distance and lands a combination. Gastelum inches forward. Story misses with a winging left hand. Story lands an outside leg kick. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Gastelum.
Round 2: Story takes the center of the cage to start the second round. They exchange jabs. Gastelum steps in with a jab that snaps Story’s head back. He lands an outside leg kick. Story goes to the body with a left hook. Gastelum answers with an outside leg kick. Gastelum lands a combination. He lands an outside leg kick. Story tires back with a combination to the body. Gastelum moves in with a left hand. Story responds with a right hand to the body. Story lands a lead right hook. Gastelum lands a combination. Story misses with a counter left. Gastelum doubles up on his jab. Gastelum continues to land his jab. They exchange leg kicks. Story catches Gastelum moving in and staggers him with a left hand. He rushes in and Gastelum fires back. Story lands a right hand that drops Gastelum. Gastelum covers and Story looks to finish. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Story.
Round 3: Story lands an outside leg kick. He lands another. Gastelum moves forward. He lands his jab. Story counters a jab with an outside leg kick. Story looks to get the fight to the ground. He presses Gastelum against the cage. Gastelum delivers elbows to the side of Story’s head. They battle for position along the cage. Gastelum lands a knee to the body. They separate. Gastelum lands a combination that wobbles Story. Story fires back, but Gastelum ducks under and takes him down. Story slips out and takes Gastelum’s back. Two minutes remain in the round. Story is looking for a rear naked choke. Gastelum defends the submission attempt. Gastelum turns into Story and gains top position. Story explodes to his feet. Gastelum swings and misses. They slug it out. Story lands a left hand. Gastelum lands one of his own. The round ends. Hard round to score. It’s anyone’s fight.
The judges score the fight for Gastelum by split decision. The scorecards read 28-29, 29-28 and 30-27.
“I expected an all-out war because Rick is a super tough guy. He’s been near the top of the division for a long time for very good reason. I don’t think the weigh in affected my performance tonight at all. My rehydration process went very well and I felt awesome. This is a big win for me and I’m eager to hear who the UFC has next for me. I’m taking on all comers.”
“When I dropped him the only thing going through my head was to pick my shots and make them count because he’s so tough. I’ve made the mistake of flurrying before and I’ve gassed myself out as a result. I really thought I had him. I had his back in the third round which is a pretty dominant position to be in. He landed some good shots but I gave them right back to him. It is what it is. You can’t leave it in the hands of the judges.”