Kelvin Gastelum says Israel Adesanya is not yet worthy of a title shot

Kelvin Gastelum, who was supposed to battle Robert Whittaker in the UFC 234 main event, and now considers himself the middleweight champ by default after Whittaker withdrew from the fight with an injury, was not impressed by Israel Adesanya and Anderson Silva’s UFC 234 fight.

Instead, Gastelum saw this fight as more “theatrics” than anything else.

Kelvin Gastelum gave his take on the fight on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show on Monday (transcript via MMAMania).

“I don’t see what momentum you’re talking about,” Gastelum said. “The fight that I saw was a great fight, but it reminded me of The Matrix. They are dodging punches, dodging kicks, dodging bullets and it’s all very exciting theatrics. And that’s what the fight between Israel and Anderson reminded me of. It was just exciting theatrics. A lot of showboating.”

“He beat a 43-year old Anderson Silva. I’m not sure that’s a claim for a title shot. But if the UFC decides he’s No. 1 contender and gets to skips the five guys in front of him, then so be it. I guess I will fight the No. 1 contender and defend my title,” Gastelum continued, reaffirming that he now considers himself the middleweight champion.

While Kelvin Gastelum was not impressed with this fight, he does appreciate some things about Israel Adesanya.

He just doesn’t think he’s a “title-worthy” fighter yet.

“He’s not over-hyped. I mean it is in a way but he deserves it. He talks well, fights well, but the performance he showed on Saturday was not title-worthy in my opinion. It was all just very exciting theatrics. When I fight, I put guys away. He wasn’t able to put a 43-year old Anderson away. I felt I would’ve done a different sort of job.”

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 2/12/2019.

The post Kelvin Gastelum says Israel Adesanya is not yet worthy of a title shot appeared first on | BJPenn.com.

6 months ago

Your Ad could be here please email () us for the details.

email us »


Latest news in MMA

What’s next for the stars of UFC 241?
16 minutes ago
Bellator 225: Make your predictions for Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov
1 hour ago
Anthony Smith believes he would get a rematch against Jon Jones right now if he was healthy
1 hour ago
Accuser of Jon Jones speaks out: ‘This person gets away with everything’
1 hour ago
Khabib Nurmagomedov sends heartfelt message to Daniel Cormier following UFC 241 loss
1 hour ago
Kyung Ho Kang wants on UFC on ESPN+ 23 in his South Korea hometown after UFC 241 win
1 hour ago
Bellator's Rudy Schaffroth didn't want to fight ex-teammate Tyrell Fortune
2 hours ago
Brandon Royval, Jerome Rivera rematch for flyweight title in LFA 78 main event
3 hours ago
Paulo Costa “might kill” Israel Adesanya following “Dinosaur Arms” comment
12 hours ago
Anthony Pettis suffers broken foot in UFC 241 loss to Nate Diaz
12 hours ago
After knocking out close friend at UFC 241, Khama Worthy wants to fight ... Conor McGregor?
14 hours ago
After UFC 241 knockout, Sodiq Yusuff wants a home fight in Washington, D.C.
14 hours ago
Joe Rogan dubs Nate Diaz the most under appreciated super star on the UFC roster
15 hours ago
Joe Rogan on Yoel Romero: “The man is made out of some other worldly material”
15 hours ago
WATCH | Kyoji Horiguchi gets shockingly knocked out in 68 seconds at RIZIN 18
15 hours ago
Joe Rogan explains why he interviewed Daniel Cormier following KO loss at UFC 241
15 hours ago
Daniel Cormier noncommittal on future after 'insane' title loss at UFC 241
16 hours ago
Joe Rogan explains decision to interview Daniel Cormier following TKO loss at UFC 241
16 hours ago
Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Stipe Miocic and UFC 241's key winning fighters?
17 hours ago
Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Daniel Cormier and UFC 241's other losing fighters?
17 hours ago