Kelvin Gastelum has introduced himself to the MMA masses in 2013, not only by advancing through the 17th  Season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, but by defeating the favoured Uriah Hall in the show’s finale. While it’s been a breakout year for Gastelum thus far, the TUF winner has an interesting challenge in store for him at UFC Fight Night 27, when makes the drop to welterweight and battles Brian Melancon.

So how has the cut from 185 pounds to 170 been going so far? From the sounds of it, Gastelum says it couldn’t be going better (quotes via MMA

“I feel fantastic – my weight’s dropped, and I feel faster and stronger,” Gastelum said. “You’re going to see a whole different Kelvin Gastelum than you’re used to. The hardest part was getting used to the meals. i’m used to eating whatever I want, and this is the first time I’ve had to follow a strict diet. I sneaked in a couple treats for myself every now and then, but overall I stuck to it pretty good. My weight’s on track right now, and I’m going to be ready to go on Wednesday.”

“Every fight I go in trying to knock the guy out or submit him,” Gastelum said. “The Uriah Hall fight was the only fight of my career to go to a decision. Going down to 170, I want to make a statement and really put on a show and put Melancon down, whether it be a knockout or submission.”

Gastelum was originally booked to fight veteran Paulo Thiago, but after the welterweight was forced to withdraw, Melancon was brought in. Although the Strikeforce vet probably isn’t a familiar name with mainstream fans, Melancon did turn a few heads at his UFC debut in July, by knocking out Seth Baczynski. It’s definitely an intriguing fight.

UFC Fight Night 27 will be hosted by the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and will feature Carlos Condit fighting Martin Kampmann in the main event.

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