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UFC 212: Kelvin Gastelum on Why Facing Anderson Silva is “Like Fighting Mike Tyson”

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC 212

Kelvin Gastelum is going to fight Anderson Silva on June 3rd at UFC 212, and the rising middleweight is pretty, pretty happy about it.

After Gastelum took on Vitor Belfort in March, and finished the Brazilian star in the opening round, the American called for a fight with Silva. Not long after, it was announced that the legend would take on Gastelum at the upcoming, Rio de Janeiro event.

Recently Gastelum was a guest on “The MMA Hour”, and he relayed that he didn’t actually think Silva would accept the bout. Although the bout is official, Gastelum admits he’s still buzzing from the fact he’s going to throw down with the former middleweight champ (quote via MMA Fighting):

“This is still something that I have to let sink in,” Gastelum said. “Over the next few months I’m going to have to really convince myself it’s happening. It’s kind of a big deal. I thought the Vitor Belfort fight was bigger. This was a whole ‘nother level. I’m fighting the greatest of all-time, it’s like fighting Mike Tyson.”

Yup. Fighting “The Spider” is a huge deal. No arguments there. Now, most folks will tell you that Silva isn’t the force that he used to be, but Gastelum understands the star is still dangerous. While discussing Silva’s controversial, decision win over Derek Brunson, Gastelum said he noticed “very little holes” in the legend’s game.

It’s a really interesting fight, and a big one for both men. Can Silva halt Gastelum’s rise up the 185 ranks?

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