Kelvin Gastelum expects all out war in his UFC Fight Night 78 headline bout against Matt Brown in Monterrey, Mexico, in November.
"I asked for Brown both because of his rank and style. I think our styles mesh up real good– kind of a Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald fight. That's what I envision in my head," he told ESPN.com.
"You pretty much embrace it's going to be a war. So, that's what I'm going to prepare for – a 25-minute war. Obviously, you want to the win as quickly as possible but I know that's not the case with Matt Brown.
“He has fought the best in the world. He's one of the best in the world. I feel like I've gained experience, I've made mistakes and grown from them and I feel now it's my time to really make a run.”
The fight will be Gastelum’s first at welterweight since his first-round rear-naked choke victory over Jake Ellenberger at UFC 180 IN November 2014.
Gastelum was ordered to move up to middleweight (185 pounds) by UFC president Dan White after failing to make weight – for the second time since joining the organisation – ahead of his bout with Tyron Woodley.
The 23-year-old went on to record a second-round stoppage victory over Nate Marquardt and asked to move back down to welterweight (170 pounds) to fight Brown, but was denied by White and UFC matchmaker Joe Silva.
White eventually changed his decision and gave the Yuma, Arizona, native another chance to prove himself at a lower weight division.
Gastelum says he understood the UFC’s decision and has now hired a nutritionist to ensure he can make 170 pounds.
"I hadn't proven, to that point, that I would be willing to cut to 170, so I think White was right. He did kind of a punch to the face (with his comments), but that's fine. Sometimes you need that,” he said.
"It has taken me awhile to learn the process of how nutrition and dieting works. I've learned from mistakes. I've grown from it. Now, I need to apply it."