The UFC has once again ignited the combat sports world with a colossal welterweight showdown. On December 2nd, fans will bear witness to a titanic clash between the returning Kelvin Gastelum and the top-15 ranked contender, Sean Brady, at a UFC Fight Night event that is sure to go down in the annals of MMA history.
News of this earth-shaking matchup surfaced following reports by the Twitter user MagicM_MMABets. While the bout has been verbally agreed upon, fight fans eagerly await the day the ink meets the paper on the official contracts.
Kelvin Gastelum, the battle-tested warrior with a record of 17–8, 1 NC, is set to make his welterweight division comeback after an eight-year stint in the middleweight division. His journey at 185 pounds reached its zenith in 2019 when he challenged for the interim UFC middleweight title. However, Gastelum's earlier career featured forays into the welterweight realm, though weight-cutting struggles eventually led him to middleweight in 2016. With a recent record of 2-5 over seven contests, Gastelum found a glimmer of hope in April when he earned the Fight of the Night honor against Chris Curtis.
Originally slated to face Shavkat Rakhmonov in his welterweight return on September 16th, Gastelum's plans were derailed by injury in July. Now, his sights are firmly set on Sean Brady in what promises to be an electrifying clash of styles.
On the other side of the Octagon stands Sean Brady, boasting a stellar record of 15-1. Brady, who had been on a tear with five consecutive victories in the UFC, faced a setback in October 2022 when he suffered his first professional loss to Belal Muhammad via second-round knockout. Before that, he had notched impressive wins against the likes of Michael Chiesa, Jake Matthews, and Court McGee. Currently ranked at #9 in the UFC Division rankings, the 30-year-old Philadelphia native is hungry for redemption.
While the official location or venue for the December 2nd UFC event is yet to be announced, the card is already shaping up to be an extravaganza for the ages. With other confirmed bouts including Jared Cannonier vs. Roman Dolidze, Rob Font vs. Deiveson Figueiredo, Miesha Tate vs. Julia Avila, and Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Azamat Murzakanov, fight fans can expect an unforgettable night of MMA action.