UFC 224: Kelvin Gastelum defeats Jacare Souza by split decision

Ruben Hill
May 13, 2018

UFC 224 available for order on Amazon Prime (Prime Video PPV) Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight contenders Kelvin Gastelum and Ronaldo Souza meet this weekend at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro, with the victor of the fight likely to be given a title fight against the victor of Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero, who square off in July at UFC 225. However, with Weidman on the sidelines indefinitely due to a lingering thumb injury, it seems to be the ideal time for Gastelum to showcase himself as a legitimate challenger to the title.

On the other side, Souza came off a victory that many UFC fans didn't see coming when he knocked out budding contender Derek Brunson back in January. Here is how the co-main event at UFC 224 played out from start to finish.

Gastelum pushed forward with some punches but they didn't land hard enough to do much. Souza held onto the single leg of Gastelum and he went for the flying leg lock.

Jacare then moved to the armbar position, but Gastelum kept the pressure on him.

Round three was a back and forth affair that ended with Gastelum unloading bombs on Souza.

A quick diving takedown attempt from Souza but doesn't get it. Souza continued to look for the takedown, but Gastelum responded well each time, sprawling and returning to his feet to strike. The round ended as Gastelum survived the arm-bar.

While Gastelum has expressed an interest in returning to the 170 pound weight class that he had trouble making, #8 Souza has been steadfast in remaining at middleweight, even at 38 years of age. Souza landed a hard right hand.

Kelvin landed some punches in the second round that forced Souza to run away.

Souza stumbled to his corner at the end of the round. Souza took heavy deep breaths and Gastelum looked fresh. "Just when I look at the big picture, that's what I see".

The closeness of the fight in the last minute was evident. "I'll do my best and win the fight".

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