Middleweight Kelvin Gastelum’s win over Uriah Hall this weekend at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale marked a display of show’s spirit few past victories have. Gastelum was selected last by TUF 17 coach Chael Sonnen on the show and seen as a non-factor all the way up until his bout with Hall where he entered the Octagon as a 3:1 underdog.
However, the 21-year old Gastelum endured and ultimately came out of the bout with his hand raised. Though disappointed with the result, Hall spoke to MMAJunkie after the clash’s conclusion where he gave Gastelum credit and said he only had himself to blame for the unexpected defeat.
“I was trying to have some fun, man,” said Hall of his occasional showboating and lack of aggression. “A big part of it (that) was kind of hard, too…I trained with the guy, and I like him. It was kind of that emotion I was trying to get rid of, so it was kind of weird.”
“Going in the ring, I was like, ‘Sh*t, here we go again.’ That side just kind of got the best of me, but there’s no excuse,” continued Hall, finishing the thought. “Kelvin’s a great guy. He’s a tough kid, (but) I think he’s going to go really far in this sport, and I’m happy for him.”
Gastelum is 6-0 with the win in tow, joining respectable company as far as those Hall has fallen to in the cage. Prior to Gastelum the New Yorker had only come up short in scraps against UFC contenders Chris Weidman and Costa Philippou.
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