Perhaps not learning the lesson of Jorge Masvidal, Kelvin Gastelum might need to be careful what he wishes for as he’ll be fighting Anderson Silva.
The fat welterweight turned fat middleweight had asked to fight Silva following his first round knock out of Vitor Belfort at UFC Fortelaza. Silva accepted. The UFC was down for it. So it comes to pass.
The two will meet at UFC 212, live from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The PPV is currently headlined by Jose Aldo defending his interim turned real UFC Featherweight Championship against Max Holloway, who will bring to the table his interim hoping to become real UFC Featherweight Championship.
Vitor Belfort has also expressed interest in fighting on the card in his retirement fight. He won’t be alone, as Brazilians love to fight in their home country. Jose Aldo in particular has a magic ability to find himself on these shows.
With a win, Gastelum will vault himself into the upper echelon of the middleweight rankings. Of course, given that champion Michael Bisping is tied up with Georges St. Pierre, while both Yoel Romero and Jacare Souza continue making strong cases for title shots (to say nothing of Gegard Mousasi and Chris Weidman), even with a win it’s unlikely Gastelum would see a title shot anytime soon.
For Silva, a win would be an impressive statement. His having arguably bested Bisping in their U.K. fight coupled with his popularity would make him an interesting title challenger strictly from a business perspective.
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