Kelvin Gastelum has had his fair share of weight cutting issues in the past, issues that have caused him to move up to the middleweight division.
Despite past problems making weight, Gastelum believes that he can correct the situation, then fight at both welterweight and middleweight.
“I don’t see why I can’t be competing in both weight classes,” Gastelum told Bloody Elbow. “I felt great at 185. I feel I can excel at this weight, and I feel I beat the top guys at this weight. I remember a few years back, I wasn’t very confident in my abilities. But now, a few years have passed, and I’m pretty confident in my abilities, confident in my skills to know that I can compete with the best middleweights and also the best welterweights.”
Gastelum believes that one of the reasons that he had weight-cutting battles in the past was due to the way he was eating.
“When I’m outside of camp, I gain 40 or 50 pounds above my weight class,” he said. “It shouldn’t have to be that way, and that’s on me. I go out and I eat all this delicious Mexican food. It’s just little changes of habits (and) lifestyle. So far I’ve been able to do well. I did well in the holidays that just passed; I did pretty good, surprisingly.”
Gastelum is set to face Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC Fight Night 107, which takes place on Saturday, March 11 from the Centro De Formacao Olimpica Do Nordeste in Forteleza, Brazil.