UFC star shows off gruesome injury after having teeth stitched back into gums
UFC star Kelvin Gastelum has shared a gruesome video with his fans after having to have his teeth stitched back into his gums.
The American, 31, was set to return to the octagon this Saturday, following his defeat to Jared Cannonier back in August 2021. The southpaw fighter was due to headline UFC Fight Night 217 in Las Vegas against Nassourdine Imavov.
The bout was initially scheduled for last April, but was scuppered when the Frenchman had to withdraw for visa issues. But this time around it's Gastelum dropping out, after picking up an horrific mouth injury in training.
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He shared harrowing footage on Twitter of medical professionals stitching his teeth back on, under the caption "graphic imaging." And in a separate post, he addressed his 168,000 followers with an apology: "I’m extremely disappointed to say the least," said Gastelum.
"This not how I wanted to start 2023. I worked my a** off and battled through a lot of adversary and was ready to put on a hell of a show this weekend. I apologise to Imavov, his camp as well as @ufc and all the fans."
In return, fans showed their support for a man renowned for stepping in for other fighters: "You've filled in last minute enough times we know you couldn't possibly make it if you've pulled out," said @kidnamedtable. "No apology necessary, hope it's a speedy recovery man."
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@FightingPetah added: "This does make me sad cause I was really looking forward to finally seeing you back in action. Hoping I won't have to wait too long for it, and a speedy recovery to you."
Conor McGregor was far from complimentary and shared a picture of Gastelum before referring to his fellow UFC star as a "absolute scruff" in an X-rated rant.
Gastelum, who once famously stripped naked to make weight before taking on Darren Till at UFC 244, was facing Imavov in a middleweight fight. However, since it was confirmed Sean Strickland would be his replacement, the bout has been altered to light-heavyweight.
It means back to back main events for Strickland, following his split decision loss to Cannonier on December 17. Imavov meanwhile, is chasing his fourth straight UFC victory after beating Joaquin Buckley in September.
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