If Luke Rockhold is next for Robert Whittaker, Kelvin Gastelum has something to say.
As for the campfire, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold could receive the call to face current interim champion Robert Whittaker in the new year.
With that potential in mind, Gastelum already has something to say in his own name, and it's hard to argue with his calculations.
Less than two weeks ago, Gastelum (14-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) knocked out former champion Michael Bisping in the main event of UFC Fight Night 122.
Gastelum (14-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) almost immediately made the case for a fight with Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) after his victory. But after Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) defeated David Branch in September in his first fight in 16 months, he made his own case to fight Whittaker.
Whittaker thought he would probably fight against Michael Bisping against winning Georges St-Pierre to unify the belts. But with St-Pierre dealing with colitis and not sure when he will fight again, let alone weighing 185 pounds, Whittaker will want to compete.
So, before a possible fight can be held at Rockhold-Whittaker, Gastelum today published on Twitter that the pairing would be a mistake.
He published two scenarios: one for Rockhold, and one for himself:
"A: He fought only once in 18 months against someone who was not even competing in the ufc a year ago.
" B: He fought 4 times in 12 months, 3 of them in the main event in the last 8 months against former champions ranked in the top 10 of the division. * Does not have a career as a model. "
After Rockhold lost the title at UFC 199 in June 2016 against Bisping, he was on the shelf until his UFC Fight Night 116 victory over the former two-division champion.
More or less in the same period of time as the loss of title and the triumph of follow-up to Rockhold, Gastelum has had five fights, coing 3-1 with a no-contest.
He beat former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks in UFC 200 in a 170-pound matchup, then returned to middleweight and beat Tim Kennedy and Vitor Belfort by technical knockout, although the Belfort's victory was ruled out due to a failure in the drug test for marijuana.
Gastelum lost to Chris Weidman in July, but he recovered with a knockout blow from Bisping at the UFC Fight Night 122 headliner. He has fought in three consecutive major events and four of his last five opponents were former UFC champions.
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