Gastelum happy to fly under the radar – for now

Gastelum has beaten Johny Hendricks, Tim Kennedy, and Vitor Belfort in his last three fights, and says he should be next in line for a middleweight title shot should he win this weekend.

“People can keep underestimating me all they want and that’s just fine with me,” Gastelum told Flo Combat. “I’ll keep flying under the radar and once they realize what I can do I’ll be sitting there as champion. It’s funny to me because I keep piecing up these guys I face and still don’t get the credit I deserve. That’s fine with me though because it’s been the story of my career and I’m used to it.”


Gastelum meets former 185-pound champion Weidman in the main event in Uniondale, New York, full of belief now that the middleweight division has thinned out.

“I absolutely believe I’ll be the next guy in the title race with a win in this fight and don’t see why that wouldn’t be the case,” Gastelum said. “[Gegard] Mousasi is gone (to Bellator). [Luke] Rockhold is MIA and hasn’t fought for over a year. [Yoel] Romero and [Ronaldo] Jacare are both coming off losses,” he said.

Robert Whittaker’s win over Romero at UFC 213 earns him the right to face Michael Bisping later this year, but Gastelum reckons he should face the winner.

“I’m ready to be next in line and ready for my shot and I’m calling for it as soon as they hand me the mic. I’m ready to get this ball rolling and continue my push up to get that shot.”

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