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Kelvin Gastelum ‘Embarrassed’ By Performance Against Jack Hermansson

Kelvin Gastelum did not want to take anything away from Jack Hermansson’s [1] performance this past weekend.

But the former title contender was far from pleased by his own work inside the Octagon.

Gastelum suffered a first round submission loss to Hermansson, and explained his post-fight thoughts on social media. 

“Truly embarrassed guys. I’m sorry. My team, my family, UFC, Dana White, Mick Maynard,” Gastelum wrote on Instagram [2]. “I’m much better than what was shown tonight. Thanks to all my family , my team and my friends for the ongoing support. I love you all.

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so u can know who u are, what u can rise from, how u can still come out of it.”

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Truly embarrassed guys. I’m sorry. My team, my family @UFC @danawhite @Mickmaynard2. I’m much better than what was shown tonight. Thanks to all my family , my team and my friends for the ongoing support. I love you all. You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so u can know who u are, what u can rise from, how u can still come out of it. [3]

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Gastelum was caught by Hermansson in a heel-hook just over a minute into their middleweight co-main event. 

For the 28-year-old former winner of The Ultimate Fighter, the defeat marked his third consecutive setback. Gastelum also lost a split decision to Darren Till last November and another decision to current champion Israel Adesanya.