Gastelum-Weidman In the Works for July
UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum has seen his suspension for a positive marijuana test reduced to three months, it was announced on Thursday. In addition, Gastelum’s next fight may already be in the works, as he has been linked to a potential bout at UFC on FOX 25 in July against former middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
Gastelum was initially suspended for six months for testing positive for marijuana in competition for his bout with Vitor Belfort in March, which he won by TKO in the first round. USADA announced this week that his suspension has been cut in half because Gastelum completed an “approved drug awareness and management program”.
That win over Belfort was turned into a No Contest, and Gastelum was pulled from a massive fight at UFC 212 against Brazilian legend Anderson Silva.
Now it looks like Gastelum may still have a big fight on his hands in the form of a former champion.
Ariel Helwani reported on Thursday that Gastelum and Chris Weidman were being discussed for UFC on FOX 25 in New York, which takes place on July 22.
Weidman has lost three straight, though his UFC 208 loss to Gegard Mousasi was steeped in controversy over the poor handling over what was first thought to be illegal knee strikes by Mousasi. Nevertheless, it went down as the third straight TKO/KO loss for Weidman, who has suffered a serious fall since holding the middleweight title just two years ago.