Gastelum Confused by Dana’s UFC 225 Remarks
At the UFC 225 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White said Kelvin Gastelum was unable to fill in for Yoel Romero, after Romero missed weight, because of “personal issues.”
That remark has left Gastelum “dumbfounded,” as he told Luke Thomas on the most recent edition of The MMA Hour.
“I just figured he was upset over me not taking the fight a day-and-a-half before,” Gastelum said.
Gastelum and the UFC were reportedly in negotiations for Gastelum to be the main backup in case anything happened to the UFC 225 main event. When things did not work out, Gastelum said he went on vacation to Cancun.
“My manager was negotiating money to get from that,” Gastelum said. “I wasn’t gonna be doing it for free. That fell through. So they told me that’s not happening.”
According to Gastelum, he received a call the Wednesday of fight week about the situation once again, as apparently UFC officials were already concerned by that point that Romero would miss weight. But after eating and drinking on vacation, Gastelum was walking somewhere between 200 and 205 pounds, and he said he did not think he could get down to 185 in a safe way with such a short time frame.
Gastelum is now focused on getting a title shot against Whittaker, as he and Chris Weidman are the top two choices rumored to be declared the next middleweight title challenger. But Gastelum says he still wants to know what White’s comments were all about.
“I just haven’t reached out to him about it,” Gastelum said. “Eventually, I want to sit down with him and talk to him and meet with him and see what the future holds.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting