Kelvin Gastelum is ruled out of his scheduled bout against Shavkat Rakhmonov in September.
Kelvin Gastelum was supposed to face Shavkat Rakhmonov in the co-main event of the UFC Fight Night event on September 16. However, now he revealed that he withdrew from this bout due to an injury.
Gastelum shared this news on his social media handle. He revealed that he received an elbow which resulted in an open fracture and a few of his bones came out fractured. Gastelum even apologized to Rakhmonov and his team. He also requested UFC to move this bout on November 11 to the Madison Square Garden.
Breaking news 🚨— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) August 1, 2023
Unfortunately I received an injury and my fight with Shavkat Rakhmonov off/delayed
Full video on my YouTube channel. pic.twitter.com/NXxvHjU54U
Kelvin Gastelum was supposed to return to welterweight with this bout after seven long years. He moved to middleweight in 2016, and after a few years, he received a title shot against Israel Adesanya as well.
On the other hand, Shavkat Rakhmonov is a sixth-ranked welterweight and is also having an undefeated run in the UFC. He is coming off a third-round submission win against Geoff Neal at UFC 285.
Now, it remains to be seen whether UFC finds a new opponent for Shavkat or they decide to postpone this bout.