Kelvin Gastleum doesn’t rule out welterweight return

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Kelvin Gastleum may not be completely done at welterweight.

A UFC veteran and ‘The Ultimate Fighter 17’ winner thinks a return to 170 pounds could be in his future. Gastelum (17-8 MMA, 11-8 UFC) is currently set to compete at 185 pounds on Jan. 14, when he takes on Nassourdine Imavov at a UFC Fight Night event in Las Vegas.

Depending on how things go, the fight against Imavov could be his last at middleweight.

“It’s something I thought about,” Gastelum told MMA Junkie in Spanish. “I want to do one more fight at 185 pounds and then after that we’ll see if we make those changes back to 170. It’s not outside the realm of possibility.”

Gastelum recently hit the welterweight limit when he fought former UFC champion Johny Hendricks at UFC 200 in 2016. Previously, Gastelum spent almost his entire career at 170lbs except for “The Ultimate Fighter Finale 17” against Uriah Hall, who was contested at middleweight. Of the seven UFC welterweight fights he has been booked for, Gastelum has missed weight for two.

The 31-year-old fighter thinks he would have benefited from a 175-pound weight class, which is a lightweight in boxing, but unfortunately it’s not a recognized division by the UFC.

“Yeah, definitely, I would have benefited from a 175-pound class,” Gastelum said. “I would have liked that, but it was never done.”

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