Kelvin Gastelum returned to 185 pounds and earned a finish over Nate Marquardt on the main card at UFC 188 on Saturday in Mexico City.
Gastelum battered Marquardt with a number of strikes from various positions before earning the technical knockout at 5:00 of Round 2.
Gastelum controlled the center of the Octagon early and moved forward with strikes while Marquardt had his back against the cage. His jab remained the most effective tool in the round, using it to set up his power shots. The opening round closed out with Gastelum throwing a flurry of punches at his covered-up opponent.
Gastelum continued to pour it on in the second round, hurting Marquardt against the cage and nearly finishing him with a series of ground-and-pound strikes. Marquardt survived and got back to his feet, but he remained in a defense posture the remainder of the round, eating punishing blows before heading to the corner.
While being attended to by his cornermen, Marquardt said “I’m done” and the fight came to an end via TKO.
With the win, Gastelum rebounds from his previous loss and has a successful return to middleweight, after fighting his most recent bouts down at welterweight.