Three months after Sean Brady loss, Calvin Gastelum blames coaches for focusing more on weight loss than training for fights

Calvin Gastelum’s return to welterweight didn’t play out the way he expected. The former middleweight interim title challenger faced a returning Sean Brady in the 170-pound division late last year at UFC Fight Night: Dariush vs. Tsarukyan.

Gastelum had no answer for Brady’s wrestling as he dominated him on the ground throughout the fight before submitting him to win in the third round. The loss further hurt Gastelum, as he was promoted to first degree black belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu just weeks before the fight.

Speaking to Henry Cejudo on his YouTube channel, Calvin Gastelum opened up about the loss and how a drastic weight cut ultimately led to his downfall against Sean Brady.

Calvin Gastelum blames his camp for the loss to Sean Brady.

After missing weight several times during his last run in the welterweight division, Calvin Gastelum decided to move up a weight class. Returning to welterweight after nearly eight years, it was no different this time around, and when Gastelum made weight, he found stepping on the scale became the entire focus of fight camp.

“The majority of the camp was focused on cutting weight rather than actually training for a real fight.” Gastelum said. “The camp focused a lot on losing weight rather than developing skills.” He further added.

Calvin Gastium shed nearly 40 pounds in a matter of 8 weeks to make the welterweight limit. “We trained to lose weight, but we didn’t train to fight.” This isn’t the first time Gastelum has shocked fans with his massive weight shift.

What’s next for Calvin Gastelum?

There are plenty of attractive options for Kelvin Gastelum in the 170-pound division. Calvin Gastelum has a nice ring to it against Stephen Thompson. And if Gastelum wants a crack at the rising welterweights, a fight against Rinat Fakhretdinov might be a good idea.

Three months after Sean Brady loss, Calvin Gastelum blames coaches for focusing more on weight loss than training for fights
Calvin Gastelum (Credit: MMA Junkie & X)

Calvin Gastelum has lost six of his last eight fights, but he rarely talks about who he’s fought in his tenured mixed martial arts career. The list of names is long and includes multiple former UFC champions.

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