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Kelvin Gastelum 'surprised' UFC wanted him to fight Tyron Woodley after being hospitalized


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Kelvin Gastelum suffered the first loss of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career at UFC 183 after coming up short on the judges' scorecards against Tyron Woodley.

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In his view, Kelvin doesn't believe he lost to "The Chosen One," which is why it didn't take long for him to get back into the training room, as the former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 champ eyed a quick return to action. And as he recently told FOX Sports, his next opponent will be on the receiving end of his frustrations.

"I'm already back in training and I wanted to fight as soon as possible because I didn't lose. Honestly, I am extremely disappointed and I guess you could say angry and I plan on taking it out on my next opponent."

Not one to make excuses, Gastelum revealed to MMA Junkie that he was dealing with a lot of personal issues prior to the bout and even contemplated pulling out. But, in true fashion, he sucked it up and decided to move forward.

"I don't ever make excuses, and I don't want to say what it was that happened, but a lot of things were going on in my life at the time. I was thinking about maybe not taking the fight or maybe pulling out of the fight a few weeks before, but that's not my style. I don't pull out of fights," he said.

Kelvin believed the fight would be cancelled anyway due to the complications of his weight cut and subsequent trip to the hospital. To his surprise, UFC still wanted him to compete despite his health issues 24 hours before fight night.

"I was kind of taken by surprise that the UFC wanted me to continue to take this fight," Gastelum said. "I was surprised by that, but I was just going with the flow. They were telling me what to do, and I was doing it."

Usually when guys get hospitalized during a weight cut, they get yanked from the event.

After his loss, UFC President Dana White was adamant that Kelvin would no longer be competing at 170 pounds after coming in heavy and would have to move up to the middleweight division in order to avoid further scale fails.

While Kelvin has no beef in taking a fight at 185 pounds, he intends to drop back down to welterweight immediately afterward.

"I plan on staying at welterweight," Gastelum said. "If Dana (White) and Joe (Silva) want to give me a fight at middleweight that's fine, too. But I'm going to keep fighting to stay at welterweight" he told FOX Sports.

Whether or not Dana White and Co. give him the opportunity is a different story.

With no opponent lined up at the moment, Gastelum will look to groom the new crop of UFC hopefuls as one of the coaches of TUF: "Latin America 2." Serving as opposing coach will be another former winner of the combat sports reality show, Efrain Escudero (details).

How about it Maniacs, are your surprised UFC insisted Kelvin stay on the card, especially after seeing many instances (like this one and this one)  in which they opted to pull a sick fighter from the event altogether?

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