Kelvin Gastelum (15-5-1 MMA, 10-5-1 UFC) is set to face Jack Hermansson (20-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) on July 18. The fight will be held on the UFC Fight Island facility at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on ESPN+31.
Kelvin Gastelum started his UFC career as a middleweight, winning the Ultimate Fighter 17: Team Jones vs Team Sonnen. He then dropped down to Welterweight and went on a 4 fight win streak before losing to Tyron Woodley at UFC 183 in 2015. Weight cutting issues in 2 of his last 3 welterweight fights prompted Gastelum to move up to middleweight.
As a UFC middleweight Gastelum is 6-4-1 with a 2-3 record in his last 5 fights which included a loss in a title bout with Israel Adesanya. His last fight was against Darren Till at UFC 244 in November of 2019. Gastelum lost a split decision and was penalized by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for testing positive for THC — the psychoactive element in marijuana. Gastelum was hit with a nine-month suspension which was later reduced to 5 months after he completed a drug treatment program. Gastelum has used this time to recover from a completely torn lateral collateral ligament (LCL) injury which he suffered earlier in the year.
Jack Hermansson joined the UFC in 2016. His last fight was a loss to Jared Cannonier at UFC on ESPN+ 18 in September 2019. Prior to this loss, Hermansson had put together a 4 fight win streak which included a win over Ronaldo Souza and a performance of the night victory over David Branch.
Hermansson was originally scheduled to face former middleweight champion Chris Weidman in May but that card was eventually scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gastelum indicated that he was interested in a fight with Hermansson as they were both coming off losses and because Hermansson was amongst the top five UFC middleweights (Hermansson is ranked #6 at the time of writing and Gastelum at #7).
Gastelum stands 5’9” tall and has a 71.5-inch reach. Hermansson is taller; he stands 6’1” tall and has a longer reach – 77.5 inches. Hermansson is the older of the two at 32 years of age compared to 28 years for Gastelum.
Gastelum holds notable wins at welterweight over Rick Story and Jake Ellenberger. At middleweight, he has notable wins over Nate Marquardt, Johny Hendricks, Tim Kennedy, Michael Bisping, and Ronaldo Souza.
Hermansson holds notable wins over Ronaldo Souza, Thales Leites.