Donald Cerrone has a new opponent for the UFC 205. It will be Kelvin Gastelum. He?was first slated to fight former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler. The bout would have title implications. This is due to Cerrone?s winning streak and strong showing at welterweight. The bout, unfortunately,?fell through as Lawler pulled out of the fight citing health reasons.
One good thing that happened is that the?UFC has found a replacement for Lawler. It could be a?replacement that would?make the fight stylistically?exciting. It could be a barn burner.?
The UFC welterweight rankings place Gastelum at No. 5 and Donald Cerrone at No. 7. A win for?either fighter would cement their contender status.
Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum, Barn Burner?
Kelvin Gastelum?has always been?underdog. This?The Ultimate Fighter 17 alum though has wins over MMA talents such as Jake Ellenberger, Nate Marquardt and former champion Johny Hendricks. Gastelum is seen by some to have a legitimate chance of halting Donald Cerrone’s welterweight campaign if he would stay in his recent form.?
He was originally known to be a strong wrestler. Now, his striking seems to have improved. He too has knockout power and could be a legitimate threat both on the feet and on the ground. It is not far off that Gastelum could make this bout pretty competitive. This is not an easy task to undertake.?
His opponent?has been on a three fight winning streak in welterweight. All of these are by impressive finishes. One is by?a triangle choke against?Alex ?Cowboy? Oliveira in the first round. Another was against?Patrick Cote in the third via TKO. His last fight?was against Rick Story where he?threw beautiful combinations that stopped?Story?in the second round. Cerrone is indeed a scary opponent.?
Gastelum might probably walk in the Octagon as the underdog like most of his fights. Do you think he can pull off a win? We?ll find out come the UFC 205 in New York City.
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