Kelvin Gastelum had a good reason to pull out of UFC Vegas 67.
Gastelum was forced to pull out of UFC 2023’s first main event on Monday after a mouth injury left him unable to fight Nasurdin Imavov on January 14. forced to undergo dental surgery to fix damage to his mouth that was caused by an accidental punch to his face he received at the gym.
How bad was it?
Following the news, Gastelum posted a video of the procedure on social media, which, as he put it in response to a fan’s Twitter post, included “sewing the teeth back on.”
This clip, which includes graphics, can be seen below.
sewing my teeth back on
— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) January 10, 2023
The video followed an apology message sent earlier in the day to both Imavov and fans sent by Gastelum for the unfortunate turn of events.
I am extremely disappointed, to say the least. This is not how I wanted to start 2023. I worked my hardest, fought a lot of opponents and was ready to put on a hell of a show this weekend. I apologize to Imavov, his camp, as well as @ufc and all the fans.
I am extremely disappointed, to say the least. This is not how I wanted to start 2023.
I worked my hardest, fought a lot of opponents and was ready to put on a hell of a show this weekend.
I apologize to Imavov, his camp, and also @ufk and all the fans. #OnAmission4Gold
— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) January 9, 2023
Gastelum (16-8, 1 NC) has had a hard time in recent years.
The 31-year-old boxer was out of action after losing to Jared Cannonier in August 2021, which saw him fall to 1-5 over his last six fights. TUF 17 The winner’s only win since his failed interim title bid against Israel Adesanya was a unanimous decision over Jan Hainisch at UFC 258.
UFC Vegas 67 takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.