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Yuma, Arizona’s Kelvin Gastelum earns 10th UFC win, beats Ian Heinisch at ‘UFC 258’ in Las Vegas

Kelvin Gastelum (©UFC)

Kelvin Gastelum (©UFC)

Kelvin Gastelum, 29, of Yuma, Arizona, United States has earned his 10th victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The Mexican-American mixed martial artist was one of the winners at “UFC 258.”

Featuring 10 MMA matches, “UFC 258” took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on February 13, 2021. In the eighth bout of the evening, Gastelum fought Ian “The Hurrican” Heinisch, 32, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA in the middleweight division.

Mark Smith served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the middleweight contest was left in the hands of the three judges namely Bryan Miner, Ron McCarthy and Derek Cleary.

Both Miner and Cleary scored in 29-28 while McCarthy saw it 30-27 all in favor of Gastelum. In the end, Smith raised the hand of the Yuma native, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

It was Heinisch’s third loss in the UFC. He now holds a professional MMA record of 14 wins and 4 losses.

 

Gastelum was coming out of three consecutive losses from 2019 to 2020. Winning at “UFC 258” improved his professional MMA record to 16 wins, 6 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest.

Competing professionally since December 11, 2010, Gastelum made his UFC debut on August 28, 2013. Here is the complete list of the first 10 opponents he defeated in the promotion:

  1. Brian Melancon via rear-naked choke submission at “UFC Fight Night 27” on August 28, 2013
  2. Rick Story via split decision at “UFC 171” on March 15, 2014
  3. Nicholas Musoke via unanimous decision at “UFC Fight Night 44” on June 28, 2014
  4. Jake Ellenberger via rear-naked choke submission at “UFC 180” on November 15, 2014
  5. Nate Marquardt via  technical knockout due to corner stoppage at “UFC 188” on June 13, 2015
  6. Johny Hendricks via unanimous decision at “UFC 200” on July 9, 2016
  7. Tim Kennedy via technical knockout via punches at “UFC 206” on December 10, 2016
  8. Michael Bisping via knockout via punch at “UFC Fight Night 122” on November 25, 2017
  9. Ronald Souza via split decision at “UFC 224′ on May 12, 2018
  10. Ian Heinisch via unanimous decision at “UFC 258” on February 13, 2021

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