Although Kelvin Gastelum’s next bout will likely be at middleweight, following the fighter’s well documented issues making 170, the 23 year-old still hopes to win the UFC’s welterweight title.

Gastelum is coming off a split decision loss to Tyron Woodley in January, which marked the first time the TUF 17 winner had been defeated. The loss took place after Gastelum came in nine pounds for the bout, and as a result, UFC boss man Dana White announced that the fighter was headed to middleweight.

The Arizona fighter also missed weight before he fought Nicholas Musoke at a UFC Fight Night card in June, 2014. Gastelum won that bout via unanimous decision.

Well, the 10-1 fighter recently spoke with MMA, and while discussing his future, he stated:

“I still plan on being the welterweight champion one day, and I’m going to work my butt off to make sure that happens,” Gastelum said. “Dana wants to punish me? He wants to put me up in the middleweight bracket? That’s fine. I’ll take my punishment. I’ll take responsibility for my actions and face it, but it doesn’t mean I won’t try to fight my way back down to welterweight.”

Those are some pretty interesting comments from Gastelum, but not surprising, considering he is currently ranked #11 at 170.

Gastelum also relayed that he was “taken by surprise”, when the UFC still wanted him to fight Woodley at UFC 183, despite the fact he was hospitalized the day before (due to his disastrous weight cut). In addition, Gastelum didn’t provide details, but he says thought about dropping out of the January 31st bout due to issues he was having.

All this aside, recently the UFC announced that Gastelum will coach opposite Efrain Escudero in the next season of “TUF: Latin America”.