Shavkat Rakhmonov Responds To ‘Pinata’ Kelvin Gastelum’s Withdrawal From Fight

Shavkat Rakhmonov and Kelvin Gastelum

Shavkat Rakhmonov has made Kelvin Gastelum an offer after the latter pulled out of their co-main event at a UFC Fight Night in September.

Gastelum announced his withdrawal from the fight through Twitter, saying:

“Unfortunate news, my fight with Shavkat Rakhmonov is off. I received an elbow that resulted in an open fracture and a few bones came out fractured. I have to apologize to everybody who was excited about this fight. I apologize to everybody. I apologize to Shavkat Rakhmonov and his team. I feel bad. I feel very horrible about this unfortunate incident.”

“I’ll be back. I’m still going to continue training. I can still do my strength and conditioning training, movement, I can still do a lot of my training… I asked to move it up to November. Hopefully, they will grant me this wish. That will be on Nov. 11 in Madison Square Garden. It’s hard to be a Kelvin Gastelum fan sometimes, I know. We go through ups and downs together, but I promise we’re fighting to get back on the horse and get back on that winning streak and continue it.”

Shavkat doesn’t want to wait till November and he’s offered him a fight at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi.

“Pinata, I agreed to fight you in your territory on Mexican Independence Day in an arena full of your supporters and it’s not my problem you can’t do it now,” Shavkat said in his tweet. “It’s your turn to accept to fight me in my territory in Abu Dhabi at UFC 294, or did you realize it was a bad idea just now?”

Should Shavkat Rakhmonov wait for Kelvin Gastelum or accept a short-notice replacement?