Drop 15 pounds and compete as a welterweight.
Just don't expect Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to give him an easy out in his 170-pound debut. Gastelum (6-0) puts his undefeated record on the line against division stalwart Paulo Thiago at the second UFC on FOX Sports 1 event on Aug. 28, 2013 from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Globo TV confirmed the booking earlier today.
Thiago (15-5) has been trying his damnedest to break out of his recent slump, one that saw him lose four of six and get KTFO by Siyar Bahadurzada on FUEL TV. The Brazilian supercop's most recent win came over the unheralded Michel Richard dos Prazeres on FX, but he's been unable to secure consecutive wins in nearly three years.
Turning away Gastelum would quickly solve that problem.
UFC on FOX Sports 1 (part deux) will feature a welterweight rematch between top division contenders Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann. The pair first met at UFC Fight Night 18 back in 2009, a headlining bout that served as "The Natural Born Killer's" Octagon debut.
"The Hitman" was victorious by way of split decision.
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