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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender, Kelvin Gastelum, was bothered when promotion matchmakers overlooked him when it came time to book an interim title fight.
A necessity after 185-pound kingpin Robert Whittaker was felled by Staph infection.
In his place, former champion Luke Rockhold and ex-division No. 1 contender Yoel Romero will collide for the substitute strap in the UFC 221 pay-per-view (PPV) main event next month in Perth, Australia.
More on that fight here.
“It does bother me a little bit that I haven’t even been considered for a shot, but it is what it is,” Gastelum told reporters at UFC 220 (via MMA Junkie). “I know this is a process, and I’m just dealing with the process.”
While Gastelum denies it, there’s a solid chance his perceived snub could be a result of turning down a “Soldier of God” fight at the UFC Fight Night 125 mixed martial arts (MMA) event in Belem, which eventually went to this guy.
Gastelum is currently ranked No. 6 in the division and only has claim to getting a crack at the crown after flattening Michael Bisping at UFC Shanghai. Prior to that, the former middleweight was stopped by Chris Weidman at UFC on FOX 25.
If you’re the UFC matchmaker, who does Gastelum fight next?
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Daniel Cormier, at 38 years old, is quintessential Old Dad when it comes to technology. The UFC had him on Facebook Live recently, something he had apparently never done before. He was nonplussed at first- “When did this happen?”, but quickly adapted to the format, dropping knowledge on fans about his mindset going into the bout, even revealing his kids got slime on his shirt. “They get you when it’s unexpected. That’s why I’m expecting Volkan.”
He also addressed concerns about Luke Rockhold training with Volkan Oezdemir. Rockhold’s home is American Kickboxing Academy, but lately he has been doing his fight camps with Henri Hooft, honing his striking. This has given him the benefit of consistent sparring partners, one of whom is, you guessed it, “No Time”. But Cormier isn’t worried:
“Luke training with my opponent? Eh. Doesn’t matter. Luke can’t really help him. Luke can’t beat me! (laughs) What’s Luke gonna teach him?”
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Posted by UFC on Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Luke will be attempting to beat a fighter Cormier says would beat himself in straight wrestling at UFC 221, when he faces the fearsome Yoel Romero for the interim middleweight title. Cormier’s test comes much sooner, this weekend, when he defends his light heavyweight title- which he admits does feel a bit like an interim title too- against Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220.
Stipe will not be outworked.
Ronda’s identity apart from fighting is hard to get used to. She is repping nutritional supplements.
Angela Hill would love to be on the undercard of UFC 223 in Brooklyn.
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) January 17, 2018
I hear Moroz needs a fight, Casey called me out as well which is always nice. I’d prefer to squeeze in a fight before April but all I really want is a date.
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) January 17, 2018
This twitter meltdown was extraordinary.
Bruh either Spike forgot to change the passwords after firing someone or this is my new favorite marketing campaign of all time to get people talking about the switch over. Looking forward to Bellator this weekend on Spik…I mean Paramount Network and I hope Bellator hires homeboy after this meltdowm/marketing campaign #mma #bellator #ufc #mmamemes #ufcmemes
And then today a last hurrah, a shoutout to Bjorn Rebney…
— Spike Sports (@SpikeSports) January 18, 2018
This would be a great fit for the Brooklyn card
News of potential Namajunas/Jedrzejczyk rematch at UFC 223 is out there, reported by @TalkMMA. Sources have told me that date’s been discussed, but it’s not the only one. Update should come soon, as 2018’s Q1 is coming together.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) January 17, 2018
Uh oh. Cynthia Calvillo just (potentially) popped positive for a marijuana metabolite. It’s not a performance enhancing drug… but USADA doesn’t care about that.
UFC announces Cynthia Calvillo has been notified of a potential anti-doping violation for Carboxy-THC, a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish. In-competition sample in relation to her UFC 219 bout vs. Carla Esparza on Dec. 30.
— Nick Baldwin (@NickBaldwinMMA) January 18, 2018
In other suspension news:
I’m being told that Russian fighters Ruslan Magomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov were both issued 2-year suspensions (retroactive). They will be eligible to fight in September of 2018. #UFC pic.twitter.com/yCJuHDbHh7
— Nolan King (@mma_kings) January 18, 2018
Weird techniques from Greg Jackson
Gaston Bolanos got back to his Muay Thai roots
Short highlight from my latest fight and return to Muay Thai. In just a few seconds you can see the display of punches, kicks, elbows and knees as well as long and close range, sweeps and dumps. One thing misses, flow into the next, until the opening opens up and go for the kill. Can’t wait to fight again @triumphunited @csagym @onnit @escuelaf14 #Repost @mmalaboratory (@get_repost) ・・・ product of peru .
Kickboxer Artem Levin practicing getting offline and pivoting footwork
Rory Macdonald is excited to make another human hurt this Saturday, but that human is far from helpless. Yes, I’m very stoked for Lima-Macdonald.
Ovince St. Preux said yesterday that he is open to moving to heavyweight if he can’t find an opponent in his division
. @Latifimma is hurt & out of our scrap next Sat in Charlotte, NC #UFConFOX27 who wants to step up and scrap? I’m even open to going up in weight if NO guys in my division will step up? Looking for someone to do what I do: step up and fight… pic.twitter.com/lvznRvE22I
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) January 17, 2018
For some reason this series of drills run by Phil Daru at American Top Team was mesmerizing to watch.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov came by his skillset honestly.
Source video: https://t.co/tUTMJlpz66
— FloCombat (@FloCombat) January 17, 2018
Maybe not the most exciting wrestler in the entire world, but fun to watch nonetheless.
Jason Nolf: the most exciting wrestler in the country. pic.twitter.com/falTXCu2od
— FloWrestling (@FloWrestling) January 17, 2018
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After losing to Robert Whittaker at UFC 213 in an interim Middleweight title fight, Yoel Romero hoped to return to action against Luke Rockhold. But, apparently Luke wasn’t having it, much to the chagrin of “Solider of God.”
However, it was all strategy on the part of Rockhold, as Yoel says the former Strikeforce and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion was simply looking for the easiest fight available.
“I don’t understand why he said no. I don’t understand. Maybe he had a strategy in the mind. He say, ‘No I wont fight Yoel, I will fight somebody easy.’ Respect to David Branch, but that’s the way he thinks, you know? That’s Luke’s mentality, ‘I want a more easy fight, win and Yoel Romero lose his last fight.’” said the tank of a middleweight on a recent edition of The MMA Hour.
After submitting David Branch in his first fight in over a year this past September (see it), Rockhold was the recipient of a surprise title shot a couple months later against Robert Whittaker after Georges St-Pierre decided to vacate the 185-pound strap due to an ongoing battle with colitis.
To hear the Yoel tell it, Rockhold needed to face him first with winner getting dibs on the next title shot.
“For my opinion, he needed a fight with me and the winner fight with Robert. The problem is UFC has a show in Australia and this guy is the champion right now in my division. So he needed somebody and UFC gave it to Luke Rockhold because he win his last fight,” added Romero, who says he is now waiting for someone to just agree to step into the cage with him.
“I am waiting for UFC for a fight. I want to main event Feb. 24 in Orlando. I am waiting for the fight for Luke Rockhold, but I know now he has a fight with Robert. Now I am waiting for somebody. But nobody say ‘Yes, I want to fight Yoel.’ So give me somebody, maybe Michael Bisping,” he said with a laugh, while confirming Kelvin Gastelum also turned down a fight against him.
Of course, on the heels of two straight brutal defeats, “The Count” is unlikely to return to action in February, as he instead plans to end his career on his home turf of London, England a month later.
Still, Romero needs a worthy contender to welcome him back into the cage, and I personally wouldn’t mind him facing off against the aforementioned Branch.
Or is he too “easy?”