Kelvin Gastelum Pulls Out Of UFC 273, Fight With Dricus Du Plessis Off

Gastelum will no longer be fighting at UFC 273.

(via @kgastelum - Instagram)

Kelvin Gastelum won’t be fighting Dricus Du Plessis after all.

Off The Card

‘The Ultimate Fighter 17’ Champion would be forced to withdraw from UFC 273 just a week out from the event. Gastelum would suffer an undisclosed injury days ahead of his scheduled middleweight meeting. The UFC would announce the unfortunate news on Friday. 

This would come after Gastelum’s original opponent Nassourdine Imavov pulled out of their fight due to visa issues. Du Plessis would step in on short notice to face the middleweight contender.

Du Plessis was originally going to fight Anthony Hernandez at UFC 273, but the UFC offered him a fight with Gastelum instead. Unfortunately for him, things wouldn’t go according to plan. 

There won’t be a replacement coming in on short notice for Du Plessis. The middleweight prospect won’t end up competing in Jacksonville and has since been scratched off the stacked card. 

The show must go on and it most definitely will. Two title fights will cap off UFC 273 with Alexander Volkanovski taking on The Korean Zombie and Petr Yan fighting Aljamain Sterling.

Published on April 2, 2022 at 9:59 am
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