Less than 24 hours ago, Kelvin Gastelum suffered his third loss in a row. Jack “The Joker” Hermansson submitted Gastelum in the first round at UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs Figueiredo 2.
Gastelum’s losing streak began after his war with reigning middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya. After failing to capture interim gold, Gastelum took on Darren Till. Unfortunately, he lost a close battle to Till. He was then suspended for nine months as he tested positive for THC. However, the suspension was later reduced to five months.
Desperate to get back in the win column, Gastelum (#7) took on #6 ranked fighter, Jack Hermansson. Unlike his previous two bouts, this fight was not even close. Right off the bat, Hermansson began targeting Gastelum’s legs. And before we knew it, “The Joker” got a hold of Gastelum.
Hermansson tried to take Gastelum down. But the American fighter reversed the position and ended on top of Hermansson. The duo exchanged a few strikes before Hermansson grabbed Kelvin’s leg. And tapped him out with a heel hook.
Soon after the loss, Gastelum expressed his feelings on Twitter. The former title challenger felt embarrassed post-fight. He issued an apology to his team, family, UFC, Dana White, and Mick Maynard. Nevertheless, he said that some losses are necessary for self-reflection.
Gastelum is only 28 years old. And he has a lot to offer to the sport. Perhaps he is not even in his prime yet. But that did not stop the fans from reacting to his statement. While some responses were in favor of the fighter, others were not.
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