Kelvin Gastelum is one of the best Middleweights in the world. No one can doubt it, but the winning streak in the last six fights requires significant adjustments to return to its goal. The fight for the belt.
The fighter of Mexican origin is the star this Saturday against Jared Cannonier, who, since he dropped to 185 pounds, has shown himself as a true contender, it will not be an easy fight; But Kelvin decided to go home to Arizona to find those adjustments that had been missing.
Although he remains in the Los Angeles area, he took a few weeks to train with former 125- and 135-pound champion Henry Cejudo.
“It was unlike any other camp. In 20 fights no one has seen this version of me. All 2020 I had injuries, if it was not one thing it was the other, I had many. I recovered and now I feel very healthy, mentally very well and with the work of this camp I feel very confident ”, explained Gastelum to ESPN Sports.
Cejudo has been his friend for several years, both have a history of fighting, they are children of Mexicans who grew up in Arizona, but had never been able to get together to work facing a fight.
“The structure was different, it all started when I started training with Henry, I could see inside Triple C’s brain and see the structure he makes for his workouts. His mindset, how he trains, we always hang out at events, but we have never sat down to focus on training and mindset. I had already dealt with him, but we were always in the chatter ”.
In the case of the Olympic medalist in Beijing 2008, he has always been recognized for his work methodology, which led him to the top of combat sport: “He taught me many things that he does, what I learned I applied to my camp and the results we have had are not like any other camp ”.
Additionally, for a week, he returned to the gym where he began his career: “After with Henry, I returned to Yuma, with my trainers from day zero, with Chance Farrar and Terrell Hunsinger, I was adjusting some things that we had wanted to do for a long time. I hadn’t been going there to work for years, it was good to reconnect in that way, “he explained.
Gastelum is coming off a loss to Robert Whittaker, who was his rival coach in The Ultimate Fighter, in which it was his third participation, since he already won it as an aspirant at the time and was also a coach in the second version of Latin America.
“If I liked it, I’m a fan of the show. It has a very special place in my heart, it changed my life and that of many fighters. I’m glad it’s in ESPN and there is a boy like me in the final, Bryan Battle, who was the last chosen, he is from my division, he is very young and I hope he does well, “he commented on the reality show’s comeback season.
Finally, Gastelum recognized the growth of the UFC in Mexico and the importance of Brandon Moreno being the 125-pound champion today.
“It makes me very happy, very happy. We have traveled the world trying to promote the sport in Mexico and Latin America, since UFC 180, and we have finally seen the first Mexican grown, raised and trained in Mexico, Brandon Moreno. We are very happy and I know that he is going to be a superstar in Mexico ”, assured Gastelum.
The former interim title contender faces Cannonier this Saturday in the main event from UFC APEX.