UFC 205 is going to be huge. It's the first event for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the state of New York and a mixed martial arts (MMA) fan's dream come true. Every fighter wanted on tomorrow's (Sat., Nov. 12, 2016) pay-per-view (PPV) card live from Madison Square Garden in New York City, but only a select few got the opportunity of a lifetime.
Unfortunately for welterweight Kelvin Gastelum, who was expected to face Donald Cerrone in the second bout of the PPV card, missing weight by 10 pounds earlier today (Fri., Nov. 11, 2016) at UFC 205's weigh ins will prevent him from stepping inside MSG and making a monumental walk to the Octagon. Gastelum's drastic miscue cost him a spot on the biggest card of all time and apparently a spot on the UFC's welterweight roster.
.@UFC Prez @DanaWhite is NOT happy with @KelvinGastelum for missing weight. Hear from the boss himself what he plans to do about it. #UFC205 pic.twitter.com/luVhm8sXyt— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) November 11, 2016
"I'll never let him fight at 170 again," UFC president Dana White told Andy Nesbitt of FOX Sports. "I think he missed this one by 10 pounds."
Sadly, this isn't the first time the former Ultimate Fighter winner missed weight. Gastelum failed to hit the 171-pound benchmark for his bouts with Nico Musoke at UFC Fight Night 44 and Tyron Woodley at UFC 183. In fact, after missing weight for the Woodley fight, the promotion forced Gastelum to move up to middleweight. But after much lobbying, the 25-year-old was granted access to the welterweight roster again and successfully made weight for bouts opposite Neil Magny and Johny Hendricks, who Gastelum defeated this past July at UFC 200. It's safe to say Gastelum will not be given a third chance to prove he can consistently compete at the welterweight level.
Cerrone will now face Matt Brown at UFC 206 on Dec. 10 from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Remember, MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 205 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.