Kelvin Gastelum is the current #10 ranked UFC Middleweight fighter with a professional MMA record of 16-wins, 8-losses, and 1-no contest. Gastelum won the Ultimate Fighter 17 and holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Early life and career
Kelvin Gastelum started his combat sports journey as a high school wrestler. Kelvin won the Division III state wrestling championship in high school and then reached rank 5 in the NJCAA wrestling rankings during his college days. Gastelum then transitioned to MMA and made his debut in 2010.
Kelvin made his debut against Jose Sanchez at Latin American Fighter 1. He TKO'ed Sanchez in the second round and went on to win his next 4-fights, with 2-victories coming via TKO(punches) and the other two coming via submission. He left the independent MMA circuit in 2013 to sign with the UFC as a participant on The Ultimate Fighter 17.
Kelvin Gastelum Ultimate Fighter
Kelvin started his Ultimate Fighter journey by defeating Kito Andrews in the preliminary fight via decision. Following this, he became the last pick of Team Sonnen in the show.
Despite being the last pick Gastelum went on a rampage in the show as he submitted Bubba McDaniel in the elimination round and then proceeded to KO Colin Hart and submitted Josh Samman in the first round in the semifinal to book a final berth where he fought Uriah Hall. Gastelum managed to edge out a split decision victory to win the Ultimate Fighter.
Kelvin Gastelum UFC
Gastelum made his UFC Fight Night debut at UFC Fight Night Condit: Kampmann 2 against Brian Melancon and submitted him in the first round via rear-naked choke submission. This was Gastelum's welterweight debut.
Kelvin failed to make weight in his fight against Nico Musoke and proceeded to fight him at Catchweight. Gastelum won the fight via unanimous decision and followed it up by submitting Jake Ellenberger at UFC 180 to earn his first Performance of the Night bonus.
Kelvin missed weight for his next fight against Tyron Woodley and instead had a 180lb catchweight fight. Both the fighters went the distance, with Gastelum coming up short and losing via split decision.
He went up to Middleweight in 2015 and fought Nate Marquardt at UFC 188. Kelvin outclassed Nate to score a second-round TKO(corner stoppage) victory.
Gastelum became a coach on The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 opposite Neil Magny, with both fighters scheduled to fight at the show finale, where Magny defeated Kelvin via split decision. He bounced back from the loss and went on a 2-fight win streak, defeating Johny Hendricks and Tim Kennedy.
Gastelum won his next fight against Vitor Belfort in his first UFC Fight Night headliner but the result got overturned to a no-contest after Gastelum tested positive for marijuana metabolite. Kelvin went 2-1 in his next 3-fights, his loss coming against Chris Weidman and him defeating Michael Bisping and Ronaldo Souza.
Gastelum got booked to Robert Whittaker for the UFC middleweight championship. He instead fought Israel Adesanya at UFC 236 for the interim title as Robert pulled out of the fight due to an injury. Adesanya and Gastelum put on a fight of the year-worthy bout that resulted in an Adesanya win via unanimous decision.
Gastelum's career went on a downward trend ever after the Adesanya fight. He is 1-4 in his next 5-fights with his only win coming against Ian Heinisch and losses coming against Darren Till, Jack Hermansson, Robert Whittaker, and Jared Cannonier.
Kelvin Gastelum Career Stats
Kelvin Gastelum's current record stands at 16-8 (1). He is on a 2-fight losing streak in the UFC.
Wins by KO/TKO:
Wins by Submission:
Wins by Decision:
71 1⁄2 in (182 cm)
185 lb / 84 kg
Middleweight (2010-2013, 2015-present)
Kelvin Gastelum Record
Below is the professional MMA record of Kelvin Gastelum.