“(Anderson Silva is) a big name, he’s another legend, and he’s ranked above me, and I want to keep moving up the rankings,” Gastelum said on the post-fight press conference. And I want the fight that will eventually lead me to a title shot.”
Interestingly enough, while Gastelum wants these bouts to improve his ranking and get to the top, he has also been vocal about the Georges St-Pierre vs Michael Bisping title bout being “unfair” for the division.
“What’s the point of having contenders? What’s the point of having rankings if we’re not going to follow the rankings, or we’re not going to the number 1 contenders?” he said. “It just doesn’t make any sense. Now everybody wants those big money fights, and it just doesn’t make any sense to have any rankings if we’re going to keep doing that stuff.”
It’s not just Gastelum who has been vocal against St-Pierre landing a title shot upon his return. Even UFC commentator Joe Rogan voiced his issues with one of the greatest of all time receiving a title shot. Bisping, who is set to receive his biggest paycheck ever when he faces St-Pierre, has recently responded to people’s criticism of the match up.