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Kelvin Gastelum out of fight with Shavkat Rakhmonov in September

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Kelvin Gastelum will no longer be competing against Shavkat Rakhmonov as originally scheduled. The fight was set to take place on September 16th during the co-main event of the upcoming Fight Night card in Las Vegas. However, Gastelum announced on social media that he suffered an injury, resulting in an open fracture and several fractured bones, which led to his withdrawal from the bout. Despite the setback, Gastelum expressed his hope that the matchup with Rakhmonov can be rescheduled for later this year, preferably on November 11th at Madison Square Garden.

For Gastelum, this bout would have marked his return to the welterweight division after more than seven years, having faced difficulties making the 170-pound limit earlier in his UFC career. He later moved up to middleweight, achieving notable victories and earning a shot at the interim middleweight title against Israel Adesanya in 2019, although he fell short in that matchup. Recently, Gastelum decided to go back to his original weight class, and the fight against Rakhmonov was an opportunity to face a top contender immediately.

Rakhmonov, currently ranked sixth in the UFC welterweight rankings, was understandably disappointed by the news. He had been seeking a notable opponent and a chance to boost his record, aiming for a title shot. As a result, Rakhmonov expressed interest in rescheduling the fight on a different timeline, suggesting the possibility of the bout taking place at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi, challenging Gastelum to face him on his own territory.

As of now, there has been no official confirmation regarding the potential rescheduling of the fight.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Injury

What happened to the fight between Kelvin Gastelum and Shavkat Rakhmonov?

Kelvin Gastelum had to withdraw from the scheduled fight against Shavkat Rakhmonov due to an injury. He suffered an open fracture and fractured bones.

Will the fight be rescheduled?

Kelvin Gastelum expressed his hope for a rematch later this year. However, there is no official word yet on whether the fight will be rescheduled.

Why was Gastelum moving back to welterweight?

Gastelum had been struggling to make the 170-pound limit in his earlier UFC career. After moving up to middleweight and facing some difficulties, he decided to return to his original weight class.

How did Rakhmonov react to the fight cancellation?

Shavkat Rakhmonov was upset with the development as he had been looking for a notable opponent to enhance his record and potentially earn a title shot.

Where might the potential rematch take place?

Rakhmonov proposed the possibility of the fight being set for UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi, on his own territory. However, no official decision has been made yet.

More about Injury

  • “Kelvin Gastelum out of fight with Shavkat Rakhmonov in September” (MMA Junkie): Link
  • “Kelvin Gastelum explains injury that forced him out of Shavkat Rakhmonov fight” (BJPenn.com): Link
  • “Shavkat Rakhmonov reacts to Kelvin Gastelum’s injury and calls for UFC 294 matchup” (MMA Mania): Link
  • “Kelvin Gastelum UFC fighter profile” (ESPN): Link
  • “Shavkat Rakhmonov UFC fighter profile” (Sherdog): Link

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MMA Fan247 August 2, 2023 - 11:39 am

omg! Gastelum out of fight! injury is sad! hope rematch! Rakhmonov upset. Abu Dhabi maybe?!

FightNightChamp August 2, 2023 - 3:13 pm

gastelum injury sux! want rebook! Rakhmonov mad, but UFC 294 Abu Dhabi cool? let’s go!


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