Dana White Reacts to Kelvin Gastelum’s Latest Weight-Cutting Struggles: ‘It’s Extremely Disappointing’

Dana White Reacts to Kelvin Gastelum’s Latest Weight-Cutting Struggles: ‘It’s Extremely Disappointing’

Kelvin Gastelum spent most of his post-fight interview at UFC Saudi Arabia apologizing to managers Dana White and Hunter Campbell after struggling to make weight again.

Just one day before he was supposed to step up, Gastelum’s team informed opponent Daniel Rodriguez that there was no way he would make the contracted limit at welterweight. So what started out as a welterweight fight ended up being renegotiated into a middleweight fight on short notice.

Gastelum won a unanimous decision, but apparently saying sorry wasn’t enough to get the UFC CEO to forgive him for this latest incident involving the weight cut in his career.

“I’m not excited about Kelvin Gastelum right now,” White said at the UFC Saudi Arabia post-fight press conference. “This guy has missed weight three times in his career.”

Technically, Gastelum has failed to make weight four different times since joining the UFC roster and has always shunned attempts to compete at 170 pounds.

His first weight loss came back in 2014 and was followed by Gastelum, who came in 10 pounds over the welterweight limit for a fight against Tyron Woodley in 2015. He was then dropped with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in 2016, after failing to make the 171-pound limit for a non-title fight at UFC 205.

Gastelum spent the next few years at middleweight before deciding to return to welterweight. He successfully made weight before losing to Sean Brady last December, but his struggles came back to haunt him again in Saudi Arabia.

White seemed particularly upset that Gastelum couldn’t make weight, while athletes like Ikram Aliskerov and Antonio Trocoli accepted fights on short notice, flew all the way to Saudi Arabia and still arrived without incident.

“You’ve got kids fighting on a week’s notice, jumping on cards, coming in here and making weight, and Kelvin’s not making weight,” White said. “It’s extremely disappointing.”

When Gastelum faced these issues early in his UFC career, White asked him to move up to 185 pounds and stated at the time that the fighter would not be allowed to compete at welterweight again.

White weakened his position when Gastelum decided to return to welterweight for his latest bout, but it’s hard to imagine he’ll get another shot after the debacle in Saudi Arabia.