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Kelvin Gastelum to Face Chris Curtis at UFC 287

Kelvin Gastelum Photograph: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

Ultimate Fighter 17 Champion Kelvin Gastelum recently announced that he will fight at UFC 287 on April 8, 2023 – and the fight looks good.

Gastelum (16-8, 1NC) revealed the date of his next bout on his Instagram Story, where he will face Chris Curtis (30-9) in a PPV event.

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Gastelum was expected to headline his first UFC fight of 2023 earlier this month against French middleweight Nassurdine Imawov. However, he was forced out of the fight after sustaining a mouth injury during fight week.

The TUF champion found himself in dire need of a win after losing two in a row and five in his past six fights. His only win since 2018 is over Ian Heinski in 2021. Gastelum lost to Darren Till, Jack Hermanson, Robert Whitaker and Jared Cannonnier in the same period, and lost the interim title fight to Israel. Adesanya started that rough patch.

Curtis returned to the winning streak by defeating Joaquin Barkley at UFC 282 last December. Curtis was a longtime veteran of the regional scene before finally getting the call from the UFC, going 4-1 so far and quickly becoming a fan favorite.

No location, venue or broadcast plans have been announced for UFC 287 on April 8; so far, the following matches have been covered for the event:

  • Rob Font vs. Adrian Yanez
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Lupita Godinez
  • Michelle Watson vs. Luana Pinheiro
  • Ignacio Bahamundes vs. Nicolas Motta
  • Raul Rosas Jr. vs. Cristian Rodriguez
  • Shailan Nurdanbek vs. Steve Garcia
  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. Chris Curtis

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