Unlike other professional sports, there is no offseason in MMA. Week in and week out, fight cards all over the world are taking place. Some weeks there will be major fight cards filled with big name fighters, others not so much, but there are fights taking place every week.

Regardless of whether the fighters are household names or not, The MMA Corner will preview the best fight taking place during the week.

This week’s Fight of the Week is the welterweight showdown between Tyron Woodley and Kelvin Gastelum.

UFC 183 is being centered on the return of former pound-for-pound king and all-time great Anderson Silva, but the fight everyone should be paying attention to is the co-main event of the evening. Woodley is currently ranked #3 in the official UFC welterweight rankings and since coming over from Strikeforce, all four of his Octagon wins have come by way of knockout. Gastelum, on the other hand, rose to prominence by winning TUF 17’s middleweight tournament. Since that time, Gastelum has continued his undefeated streak and he is coming off of a first round submission win over Jake Ellenberger.

At just 23, Gastelum is one of the UFC’s hottest prospects and he looks like a perennial title contender but is he really ready for Woodley? The win over Ellenberger was extremely impressive and Gastelum is growing by leaps and bounds but he’s never faced a fighter like Woodley.

Woodle,y on the other hand, is an established force at welterweight but time and time again he has come up just short; losing to Nate Marquardt for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title and losing to Rory MacDonald and Jake Shields in the Octagon. Is Woodley finally ready to take that final step towards becoming a legit title contender?

The UFC welterweight division is loaded with some of the most impressive talent in all of MMA, and both Woodley and Gastelum are great examples of that. As two of the best in the division, this bout will have a direct effect on the welterweight title picture and an impressive performance could earn either man a shot at the UFC title.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.