Kelvin Gastelum’s request has been granted.
The former welterweight, and now #10 ranked middleweight, called out Anderson Silva following his first-round TKO victory over Vitor Belfort on Saturday. Just days later, the UFC announced that the bout was official for UFC 212.
With the victory, Gastelum (14-2) extended his win-streak to three straight with the other wins being a third-round TKO over Tim Kennedy and a unanimous decision over Johny Hendricks.
Anderson Silva (34-8, 1 NC) is coming off of a controversial unanimous decision win over #8 ranked middleweight Derek Brunson. Prior to that, he suffered decision losses to Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 and to Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 84.
UFC 212 will be held at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro on June 3. The card will be headlined by the unification of the featherweight title between current champion Jose Aldo and interim champion Max Holloway.