On the main card of UFC 206, Kelvin Gastelum came in on short notice and scored a huge 3rd round TKO win over middleweight contender Tim Kennedy. Gastelum’s striking was sharp, Kennedy looked gassed after the 1st round, and Kennedy’s plan of wearing Gastelum down through his takedowns and top control was rendered useless.
Highlights of Gastelum’s win can be seen at the top of the page. Here’s Tim Burke’s play-by-play of the final round:
Round 3 - Gastelum all over Kennedy early. Straight left. And again. Kennedy doesn't have much it response. Big jab from Gastelum stunned Kennedy. Two straight rights and a head kick. Left to the body and head. Straight left. All Gastelum. Kennedy is bloodied up. He comes back with a right hook though. Kennedy is gassed. Jabs from Gastelum. Hard straight right. Body kick from Kennedy. Front kick from Gastelum. Kennedy looks for a takedown. Kennedy misses with a wild right. Gastelum drops him with a left! Kennedy is done!
Kelvin Gastelum defeated Tim Kennedy by TKO (strikes), 2:45 of round 3