Dricus Du Plessis disrupts Kelvin Gastelum for being removed from UFC 273: “He literally took food off my table”

Dricus Du Plessis was at Dubai airport, during a transfer from his native South Africa to Jacksonville, Florida, when the UFC called to offer him Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 273.

Du Plessis ’previously planned rival, Anthony Hernandez, was a reliable replacement for his original, Chris Curtis. But none of them had the rating of Gastelum, a one-time temporary contender for the title, or a guaranteed spot on the event’s main card with pay-per-view April 9th.

“Damn, I’ll take this fight,” Du Plessis said Monday MMA Hour. “That’s who I have to fight anyway.”

Unfortunately for the promising middleweight, gambling had the opposite effect. His promoter called him last Friday. This time he had to inform him that the Hostelum, which was originally supposed to meet with Nasurdin Imav before the intervention of visa problems, received “undisclosed trauma” and could not fight.

What’s worse, Du Plessis ’previous opponent Hernandez has been warned against another appointment. He flew halfway around the world, paying out of pocket for a training camp, only to be detained in a Jacksonville hotel room.

“I thought it was April Fool’s Day,” Du Plessis said of his reaction. “You guys are screaming. What’s going on? “

On Sunday, Hostelum told his followers on social media that he was “compromised” and could not fight on Saturday. Du Plessie has his own theory as to why the fight was abruptly canceled.

“Who gets injured the week before the fight?” He asked. “What could you do to get injured, and if he was injured, you don’t know what a camp is, but why would he insist on a new opponent when he needed to get out? … So on Monday he was not hurt, because yes [when] he insisted on fighting, and suddenly he was injured on Friday? To me it sounds very infamous.

“I guess they started watching the tape, and that’s where the problems started, to be honest. … He really needs a victory – let’s not fight in the bushes, he needs a victory – and this is a great opportunity for him. He’s fighting a guy who’s making noise, a guy from South Africa, he’s ranked 20th in the rankings, and he’s figuring out, let’s do this easy fight and get into the victory column. … Then he watched the tape and realized that it was not a fight for the exit. “

Gastelum manager Ali Abdelaziz told MMA veteran John Morgan that Gastelum will undergo knee surgery next week, indicating that the reason for his removal was an injury.

For Du Plessis, however, any explanation was secondary to the loss of his battle.

“People say I have nothing to lose – I have to lose everything,” he said. “Losing a fight is all for me. So I had nothing to lose. No, I’m above his level. I just needed an opportunity. Once he figured it out, he’s a smart guy. In fact, I have always been a fan of it. But I think in the end he realized it wasn’t a struggle to get him back in the winning column. ”

Hostelum has aimed that his return to the octagon will take place in his native Arizona at UFC 274 in May. Du Plessis believes that “The Ultimate Fighter 17” owes him a fight.

“I’m not angry at the UFC; it’s a little out of them, to be honest, ”he said. “I’m angry at Kelvin. Disrespectfully, I’ve always been a fan, but now he’s literally taken food off my table. I don’t even care about money. I was there to become a champion as soon as possible, to get into the top 10, and he took the opportunity to perform. He took it from me – he took eight weeks of hard, intense training, I have 12 weeks at camp – he took it all from me, all the hard work, everything that was spent from coaches to nutritionists, everything that went into some effort to get to that point. He took it because he did not want to fight. He didn’t like the risk and he made me give up the opponent.

“It’s his fault. He postponed to cancel the fight. No one wants to get into a fight in a week. It’s hard to take a fight, especially in a week. And here comes Hostelum and waits until a week before the battle he suddenly says, “No, I’m wounded,” when he insisted on a new battle. It’s frustrating and a little disrespectful of rivals and sports in general. “

Du Plessis will take advantage of the misfortune of staying in Florida for the next four weeks to train at several MMA gyms in Florida. He is open for a fight with Andre Munis, whom he turned down on April 9, when he has time to properly lose weight and reach a peak in his training (he added that the UFC refused to meet in the first weight on April 16 or 23, that both accept Fight Night cards due to lack of free seats). But now he is tied to the idea of ​​facing an opponent who could have a real impact on the trajectory of his career.

After starting in the UFC with a score of 2: 0 Do Plessie is ready to make a big jump in middleweight.

“I think Kelvin Hostelum is more of a fight that will be more exciting, and now I feel like it’s a fight that [makes] meaning, “he said.” To get me back into a fight with Fr. [No. 30] rating opponent, or [No. 25] ranked opponent doesn’t make sense if you were just willing to give me a fight at number 9.

“I will fight Kelvin at any moment. He may be able to heal as quickly as he was injured. ”

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