Last week, \u201cPlatinum\u201d Mike Perry tweeted a screenshot of a Facebook friend request sent by none other than UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum. Perry ruthlessly and publicly denied The Ultimate Fighter\u2019s friend request, and now Gastelum is telling his side of the story. With the dust now settled, Gastelum admits the idea backfired big time (MMA Fighting): \u201cWhat happened was, I woke up one day, and I went to check my Facebook. Then he, randomly, I got a Mike Perry comment. I\u2019m like \u2018alright, I\u2019m gonna check it,\u2019 and it said \u2018Jacare is going to strangle you.\u2019 I\u2019m like, alright, I didn\u2019t reply, I didn\u2019t \u2018like\u2019 it or anything. What I did was, I tried to mess with him just to see what he would do, and I sent him a friend request.\u201d \u201cI kind of feel like it backfired. Because he blew it up on Twitter, he kind of made me look like a fool or at least I felt like it. But yeah, I\u2019m not worried about him. I was just kind of messing around just to see what would happen.\u201d Gastelum used to compete at welterweight alongside Perry, but several missed weight cuts forced the 26-year-old to move up to middleweight, where he\u2019s now a top ten contender. Gastelum will face \u201cJacare\u201d Souza at UFC 224 next month, and Perry didn\u2019t hesitate to tell Gastelum his prediction: https:\/\/twitter.com\/platinumperry\/status\/987869892559941632 The Ultimate Fighter season 17 winner says this experience has taught him a lot about social media and the perils of errant friend requests: \u201cI\u2019ve learned that people will say anything online,\u201d Gastelum said. \u201cAnything to get your attention, to get you to respond to them. And many of those people are the saddest people on earth. I don\u2019t pay any attention to it. Only sometimes when I want to have some fun. ... I used to read the comments and think \u2018oh my god, what are people thinking about me, what are they saying about me?\u2019 But now it\u2019s just like, I realize some of those people are the most saddest people on earth.\u201d Perry will take on Yancy Medeiros at UFC 226, which will be headlined by a massive super fight between heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. Featherweight champ Max Holloway will defend his belt against surging contender Brian Ortega on the co-main event.