Add Kelvin Gastelum to the list of people who weren't exactly thrilled to see former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre cut the Middleweight line to score a title fight against Michael Bisping following a three year hiatus.
After taking out Vitor Belfort via first-round knockout at last night’s (Sat, March 11, 2017) UFC Fight Night 106 event in Fortaleza, Brazil (see it here), Gastelum was asked what he thought about UFC's decision to book St-Pierre vs. Bisping at the post-fight presser and whether or not if worries him that a potential title fight for him could be delayed if UFC continues with its current matchmaking habits.
“Because what’s the point of having contenders, what’s the point of having rankings if we’re not going to follow the rankings, if we’re not going to follow the No. 1 contenders," asked Gastelum as transcribed by MMA Junkie.
"It just doesn’t make any sense. Now, everybody wants those big ‘money fights,’ and it just doesn’t make any sense to have any rankings if we’re going to keep doing that kind of stuff.”
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For Kelvin, his move up to 185 pounds has proven to be a wise one, as he has two straight stoppage victories over Belfort and Tim Kennedy.
While he is still far from title consideration, he can't help but to have the fear in the back of his head that he, too, may some day fall victim to a "money fight" like Yoel Romero recently did.
On the bright side, Matt Hughes and Dan Henderson "aren't walking through through that door" anytime soon, so Kelvin doesn't have to worry much. Plus, Dana White has already put a stop to "money fight" talk once and for all — unless you're Conor McGregor — so Gastelum can keep knocking heads and rest easy.
For complete UFC Fight Night 106 results and coverage click here.