“I was sitting in my office one day. And then I saw the (TUF 17 tryouts) ad and I was like, ‘Hey, I guess I’m going to go and tryout, see what happens.’ Because before that I was struggling. I was about ready to quit MMA for a while, and just get another job because obviously I wasn’t doing well financially. I was like, man, if I don’t make it, it’s going to be a while until I’m back in a cage somewhere. Luckily it worked out all in my favor.”
“I haven’t talked with Dana (White) or Joe (Silva) or anybody, but yeah, that’s what my next move is, or what I want it to be,” Gastelum revealed. “I haven’t really talked to anybody about it yet.
“I am [confident I can make 170.] All my fights have been at 185, but I know that once I get the diet going and my work outs, I’ll be able to make 170 for sure.”
TUF 17 winner, Kelvin Gastelum, tells “The MMA Hour” that he plans to make the adjustment and move down to 170 pounds.
He won season 17 of “The Ultimate Fighter” as a middleweight contestant, but the last picked fighter was smaller than all of his competitors throughout the season.