Former TUF winner and UFC standout Kelvin Gastelum (10-1) will make his return to the middleweight division at UFC 188 in Mexico City against Nate Marquardt (33-14). Gastelum won his Ultimate Fighter season as a middleweight but soon dropped down to welterweight. Issues with weight cutting finally caught up with the young Gastelum in his last UFC appearance. Gastelum came in 10 pounds overweight against his then opponent Tyron Woodley and after suffering his first career loss, president Dana White ordered Gastelum to move back up to the middleweight division.
Gastelum’s opponent, Nate Marquardt has also had a bit of a rough patch in the UFC. Since returning to the company Marquardt is only 1-3 and has also jumped weight classes to try and figure things out. Marquardt is a former middleweight title challenger and is a former Strikeforce welterweight champion.
The UFC is giving Mexico City an encore after their first attempt to hold an event there, UFC 180, was decimated due to injuries. Cain Velasquez, Diego Sanchez, and Erick Perez were all scheduled to participate on card because of their Mexican heritage but all there were forced off due to injuries. Gastelum was on the UFC 180 card and scored a victory or Jake Ellenberger. Gastelum has expressed a strong desire to compete once again in front of the Mexico City fans. UFC 188 will take place on June 13, 2015 and can be seen live on pay-per-view.