Kelvin Gastelum was begging for a chance at top welterweight Rick Story. His wish will come true as he now has a fight with Story at UFC 171 March 15th in Dallas, Texas.
The UFC’s official news twitter announced the bout late Friday night.
After running through the Ultimate Fighter house with three consecutive finishes, Gastelum faced off with highly touted Uriah Hall in the show’s middleweight finale. Gastelum bested the vaunted Hall by Split Decision. Shortly after his fight with Hall, Gastelum dropped to 170 pounds and made huge waves submitting Brian Melancon early in the first round of their August 2013 bout.
Rick Story was thought of as a future title challenger in 2011. After reeling off a six fight winning streak including unanimous decision wins over Thiago Alves and Johny Hendricks, Story lost to relatively unknown Charlie Brenneman derailing his quest to the title. Since the bout with Brenneman, Story has gone 3-3 and recently picked up a unanimous decision win over Brian Ebersole last November.
UFC 171 is headlined by a bout for the vacant UFC Welterweight Title between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler.
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