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Kelvin Gastelum calls out Edmen Shahbazyan for his return fight

Kelvin Gastelum wants a shot at Edmen Shahbazyan.
Kelvin Gastelum wants a shot at Edmen Shahbazyan.
Soumik Datta
Modified 12 Nov 2020, 00:58 IST

Veteran UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum is on the hunt for a win and has called out 185 division prospect Edmen Shahbazyan as his next potential opponent in the UFC.

Taking to Twitter, Gastelum noted that he's been waiting to sign a contract, and all that is left right now is for Shahbazyan to finalize the deal on his end. In what seemed like a very classy callout, Gastelum also sent his good wishes to The Golden Boy.

Here is what Kelvin Gastelum wrote on Twitter:

While Shahbazyan is yet to respond to the callout, a clash between the American prospect and Gastelum definitely promises fireworks. And especially for Shahbazyan, a fight against Gastelum would result in a second consecutive clash against a division veteran.

Kelvin Gastelum and Edmen Shahbazyan's latest runs in the UFC

Kelvin Gastelum has had a tough time in the UFC of late. On the back of three back-to-back losses in the UFC, Gastelum is desperate for a win inside the Octagon.

In his last three fights, Gastelum lost to all high ranked opponents, as he was defeated by Jack Hermansson, Darren Till, and Israel Adesanya. His bout against The Last Stylebender was voted by many as the Fight of the Year for 2019.

Edmen Shahbazyan also had a tough outing in his last UFC fight. The up and coming prospect stepped into the Octagon for his toughest test to date, as he was beaten in a one-sided fight against Derek Brunson.


The loss was Shahbazyan's first, and after impressive wins over the likes of Brad Tavares, Jack Marshman, and Chris Byrd, The Golden Boy crumbled under pressure from Brunson in a three-round main event.

While a fight between Gastelum and Shahbazyan is yet to be confirmed, it could very well be a possibility. If confirmed, the bout will be crucial for both Shahbazyan and especially for Gastelum, who needs to end his losing streak in the UFC.

Published 12 Nov 2020, 00:58 IST
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