Kelvin Gastelum has his eyes on Edmen Shahbazyan for his next fight.
Gastelum, who is quietly on a three-fight losing streak, has not fought since he was submitted by Jack Hermansson in the first round in July is looking to return. Although he is on a losing skid, Gastelum is still a top-ranked contender and has called out Edmen Shahbazyan.
— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) November 11, 2020
“Hope all is well during this pandemic @edmenshahbazyan. I’ve been waiting to sign a contract, and all we need is your signature. Thank you. @AliAbdelaziz00 @Mickmaynard2 @danawhite @ufc,” Gastelum tweeted.
Gastelum vs. Shahbazyan certainly makes sense based on the rankings. Both men are in the rankings, and both are in dire need of a win. Shahbazyan has his hype derailed last time out, and the UFC will likely give him someone behind him in the rankings, so perhaps the fight may not happen next.
Kelvin Gastelum, as mentioned, was submitted by Jack Hermansson last time out. Before that, he suffered decision losses to Darren Till and Israel Adesanya for the interim middleweight title. Although Gastelum is a big name and a perennial contender at 185-pounds, he has not won since UFC 224 in May of 2018 when he defeated Jacare Souza by split decision. Since moving up to middleweight, he is 3-4 and one no-contest.
Edmen Shahbazyan, meanwhile, suffered his first professional loss back in August as he lost by third-round TKO to Derek Brunson. Shahbazyan entered that fight with a ton of hype and said he wanted to be the youngest UFC champion, but now that appears unlikely to happen. The 22-year-old is currently 11-1 as a pro and 4-1 inside the Octagon with notable wins over Darren Stewart and Brad Tavares.
Whether or not Kelvin Gastelum and Edmen Shahbazyan will fight next is uncertain at this point. But, if it does, it could headline any Fight Night card or be a welcomed addition to any pay-per-view main card.