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Mike Dolce Says Kelvin Gastelum Could be UFC Welterweight Champ if Fighter Addresses Weight Issues

Kelsey Mowatt

Kelvin Gastelum

Although many people believe Kelvin Gastelum’s run at welterweight is likely over, Mike Dolce thinks the fighter’s future is bright at 170, provided he addresses the issues with his weight.

Gastelum came in way over for his recent, UFC 183 bout with Tyron Woodley, and ended up losing the bout via split decision. It wasn’t the first time Gastelum has had trouble making weight, and those issues, have tainted what has largely been an extremely successful career to date.

Dolce has worked with Gastelum in the past, and according to the weight cutting guru, the TUF 17 winner could be the promotion’s top welterweight if he can get his weight in order. While appearing on  a recent edition of “The MMA Hour”, Dolce stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“He could be the welterweight champion,” Dolce said. “I’ve said before, if Kelvin gets his body fat down to 10 percent or so, which is perfect for combat athletes, 7 percent for competition, I think 170 is easy for him and I think he grows into a very dominant lightweight. Now, I’m not saying he should go there. I’m saying based upon his frame and based upon his body-fat ratio, that’s not out of the realm of possible.”

There’s no question Gastelum has shown a ton of potential to date, and it would be interesting to see what he can do at 170, if he can get the weight cut down to a science.

Following Gastelum’s loss to Woodley, he slipped three rankings in the UFC’s welterweight division and sits at #10. Prior to facing Woodley, Gastelum had won five straight, official UFC bouts, which included a first round, submission victory over contender Jake Ellenberger.

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