Kelvin Gastelum vs. Court McGee Added to UFC on Fox 9

Craig AmosFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2013

Aug 28, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kelvin Gastelum speaks during the post fight press conference after UFC Fight Night 27 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The UFC on Fox 9 main event recently received a makeover when Josh Thomson stepped in for the still-injured TJ Grant. Now the remainder of the card is filling out.

First it was the addition of Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown; now it is another welterweight affair, this one between a pair of The Ultimate Fighter winners, namely Kelvin Gastelum and Court McGee.

The fight announcement was made by Gastelum via his Twitter account.

Kelvin Gastelum V.S. Court McGee official for UFC ON FOX 9 December 14th

— Kelvin Gastelum (@KelvinGastelum) September 19, 2013

Gastelum will enter the December tussle coming off a sensational performance against Brian Melancon. After cinching up a TUF title at 185, the 21-year-old dropped a division for his encore bout and officially announced his presence at welterweight with a first-round submission victory.

With the win, he marked himself as one of the division's top prospects. He'll have the opportunity to solidify that lofty title when he takes on McGee at UFC on Fox 9.

Like Gastelum, "The Crusher" made his mark in the UFC by winning a TUF title at 185. After following up with some brief success at middleweight, McGee hit a pair of roadblocks in the form of Costa Philippou and Nick Ring. He then made the decision to drop down to 170, a move that has since paid off in a big way.

Since making the drop, McGee has righted the ship, posting a 2-0 record. Most recently, he used his trademark pressuring attack to outpoint Robert Whittaker at UFC Fight Night 27 in August.

The Gastelum vs. McGee matchup is a solid addition to a UFC on Fox 9 card that is looking very...very strong. 

With an impressive performance, either man could vault himself up the divisional ladder, likely gaining the footing for a fight against a Top 10 opponent.