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Kelvin Gastelum On Missing Weight: Process Went Wrong

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Former Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum didn’t look completely shocked when he stepped on the scale Friday for his UFC Fight Night 44 contest against Nico Musoke and the numbers were read off.

Gastelum checked in at 173 pounds, two over the welterweight limit for a non-title fight. After trying to drop the necessary weight to avoid a forfeiture of his purse, Gastelum failed, stepping on again and seeing 172.75.

Earlier this year, he came in over on his first attempt prior to a fight, but was able to drop the necessary weight and make it official. He previously mentioned that working with famed nutritionist Mike Dolce was too expensive, but he believed he had things under control this time.

“Weight was low this week,” Gastelum wrote on Twitter a few hours after the weigh-ins. “Cutting process went wrong but still no excuse. I apologize (to) everyone, Nico and the UFC. I’m extremely disappointed.”

The 22-year-old stunned the MMA world when he earned the title of Ultimate Fighter as the last pick overall. Gastelum upset Uriah Hall, the heavy favorite, in the finals.

As a former high school standout wrestler who competed at junior college power North Idaho for a year, cutting weight is nothing new to Gastelum. He defended his recent issues and stated that he does “love my job.”

“(I) take it extremely serious,” he added. “I’ve still got a fight (Saturday) and plan on making a statement.”

Gastelum earned a split decision over Rick Story earlier this year and also holds a submission win vs. Brian Melancon to his resume.