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Kelvin Gastelum gets his wish, meets Anderson Silva at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro

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Kelvin Gastelum wanted to fight another legend, and now he will get his chance.

Just three days after taking out Brazilian Vitor Belfort in the first round of the UFC Fight Night 106 main event in Fortaleza, Brazil, Gastelum (14-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) has been announced for a fight against former pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) at UFC 212.

UFC officials announced the fight booking tonight. The bout first was reported on Twitter by Combate’s Ana Hissa.

UFC 212, which is headlined by a featherweight unification title fight between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway, takes place June 3 in Rio de Janeiro. The card will air on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Gastelum has won three straight fights and four of his past five. After experiencing continued weight-cutting issues as a welterweight, the “TUF 17” middleweight winner now appears to be at 185 pounds for good.

At UFC 200 this past July, he made weight for a 170-pound matchup with former champ Johny Hendricks – who ironically missed the mark – and won a unanimous decision. But for a fight with Donald Cerrone at UFC 205, he came in so far above weight that he didn’t even show up to the weigh-ins, prompting UFC President Dana White to say he was going to middleweight for good. He fought Tim Kennedy at UFC 206 in December and won with a third-round TKO, then took out Belfort this past Saturday.

Anderson Silva

Silva a month ago got his first official win in more than four years when he took a unanimous decision from Derek Brunson at UFC 208 in Brooklyn. His five fights prior to that, he lost his middleweight title to Chris Weidman at UFC 162, then severely broke his leg in the rematch for a second straight loss.

After his return from the injury rehab, he beat Nick Diaz at UFC 183, but the win was flipped to a no-contest when Silva tested positive for banned substances. After his suspension, he lost a decision to Michael Bisping, then one to Daniel Cormier in a fight he took on just two days’ notice at UFC 200 in a non-title fight.

With the addition, the latest UFC 212 card now includes:

  • Champ Jose Aldo vs. interim champ Max Holloway – featherweight title unification bout
  • Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
  • Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Eric Spicely
  • Johnny Eduardo vs. Matthew Lopez
  • Marco Beltran vs. Deiveson Alcantara
  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. Anderson Silva

For more on UFC 212, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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