Kelvin Gastelum will go in search of his first welterweight win since 2014 when he meets Australian veteran Kyle Noke next month at UFC 195.
UFC officials on Monday confirmed the addition of the 170-pound bout, which will take place Jan. 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It was not announced whether the matchup will be part of the UFC 195 pay-per-view card, which is set to be headlined by a welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit.
Gastelum, 24, is only weeks removed from a hard-fought, five-round decision loss against Neil Magny in Monterrey, Mexico. That bout marked Gastelum’s return to welterweight after a one-fight stint at 185 pounds which saw the onetime “Ultimate Fighter” winner defeat Nate Marquardt. Gastelum’s last win at 170 came in November 2014 against Jake Ellenberger.
Noke, 35, will try for his third straight UFC win, a feat he has not accomplished since his first Octagon bouts in 2010-2011. “KO” returned from a 19-month layoff in 2014 and has since gone 2-1, most recently knocking out Peter Sobotta at UFC 193.