Over of the course of TUF 17 there was very little hype surrounding Kelvin Gastelum. At 5’9”, he was undersized and appeared to be little more than a stocky wrestler with potential, even going last when it came to team picks. Of course, as time would tell, Gastelum would go on to win all of his efforts and eventually outpointed show-favorite Uriah Hall at the finale to win the Season 17 crown.
Now a welterweight, Gastelum is ready to make his post-TUF debut against Brian Melancon at UFC Fight Night 27. The unbeaten 21-year old recently took some time to talk about his life after the show, making it clear his hunger to succeed hasdn’t beent stifled by his run of success.
“It’s changed dramatically,” said Gastelum of his post-TUF existence in an interview with RM Sports. “I’m not working any more. My work is now what I intended it to be. I’m training full time now and I’m enjoying it.”
With his focus wholly on Mixed Martial Arts, Gastelum believes he has what it takes to stand out in an extremely deep division and plans to prove it starting with Melancon.
“I want to stand out. I want to be the best that I can be,” explained Gastelum. “My goal every time, every fight is to impress the fans, impress Dana White, impress Joe Silva, and to let them know I’m here for real and I’m looking to move forward in the ranks.”
Gastelum is 6-0 in his career in comparison to Melancon’s 7-2 mark. Their bout will serve as part of the August 28 show’s main card.
Check out the full Gastelum interview below: