The UFC on FOX 9 card in Sacramento has added a battle of former Ultimate Fighter winners. Court McGee and Kelvin Gastelum will tangle in a welterweight matchup on December 14. While both have very different life stories, they do share some common ground with their fighting careers. Both punched their ticket to the UFC by winning TUF middleweight tournaments but have now decided 170 pounds is the better route to take.
Gastelum, who upset Uriah Hall in the TUF 17 finale, looked impressive in his welterweight debut against veteran Brian Melancon at UFC Fight Night 27. Gastelum landed some brutal strikes in an exchange and then took Melancon’s back locking in a fight-finishing rear naked choke in the opening round. He’s undefeated in seven career fights, with six of those victories coming inside the distance. The 21-year-old Gastelum possesses solid power, a strong wrestling base and is a grinder with plenty of heart.
As for McGee, he went 3-and-2 in the UFC’s middleweight division before deciding a drop from 185 to 170 would be beneficial. “The Crusher” has won both fights at welterweight against Josh Neer and Robert Whittaker. The Whittaker bout was a real back and forth contest at Fight Night 27 with both fighters bloodied at the end. The TUF 11 winner has exhibited tremendous toughness in his career. McGee tends to get hit a lot, but has never been stopped with all three losses coming by decision.
It’s a fight that could produce plenty of fireworks on a card that is already stacked as the UFC is doing its best to make it a December to remember for its fans.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports