Despite missing out on the biggest opportunity of his career so far, UFC middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum is trying to stay positive about the cancellation of his UFC 234 title shot this past weekend.

Gastelum (16-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) was set to challenge Robert Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) for the undisputed UFC middleweight championship in Melbourne Australia last Saturday night. However Whittaker was forced to withdraw from his UFC 234 title defense due to an abdominal hernia that developed just hours before the fight was scheduled to take place.

Although it has been a long and difficult road to earn a shot at the belt, Gastelum said in a recent statement on Instagram that he trying to trying to remain faithful about how things went down on the weekend.

Read the full statement below:

With much sorrow I write that my fight for the middleweight title is off. I’m sorry to everyone that was expecting this great fight, Family , friends and followers from around the world.
God has a reason for doing things and I firmly believe his plans are much bigger and better than I can even imagine.
I’m so torn about this situation. A lifetime of pursuit to be able to reach this level and I hope none of these efforts will go in vain. #andnew #OnAmission4Gold

While Gastelum’s future remains uncertain, he is for now remaining classy and wishing Robert Whittaker a speedy recovery.


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