Kelvin Gastelum misses weight, struggles with cut for second straight fight

Kelvin Gastelum on the scale Friday as he misses weight.

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SAN ANTONIO — Maybe Kelvin Gastelum should have ponied up for Mike Dolce after all.

The UFC welterweight contender missed weight Friday ahead of his matchup with Nico Musoke at UFC Fight Night here at AT&T Center. On Thursday, Gastelum said he stopped working with Dolce, an MMA nutrition guru who specializes in weight cuts, because he was "expensive."

Soon after Gastelum missed weight, Dolce tweeted a photo of Gastelum from his first cut to welterweight with the hashtag #WorthEveryPenny.

On Friday, Gastelum weighed 173 pounds on the first attempt and was given two hours to try to make the 171-pound maximum. After 40 minutes, Gastelum came back out and weighed in at 172.75. At that point, he gave up and will forfeit 20 percent of his purse to Musoke.

Gastelum said Thursday that he was on point with his weight and had cleaned up his diet. In March before his fight with Rick Story at UFC 171 in Dallas, Gastelum missed weight on the first attempt before hitting 170 two hours later. Gastelum beat Story by split decision, but not coincidentally he looked sluggish at times.

"I thought I was able to handle it the second time on my own, but I had some complications," Gastelum said. "This time I really feel like I’ve got a hold of my diet and my weight cutting."

On the scale, Gastelum didn’t look nearly as confident. He hung his head and showed poor body language.

After winning The Ultimate Fighter 17 at middleweight, Gastelum made the choice to continue his UFC career at welterweight. Now it seems he has to make some more choices.

Everyone else made weight at AT&T Center on Friday. The main card of UFC Fight Night San Antonio airs on FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET Saturday night.