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UFC 206 results: Kelvin Gastelum scores punishing finish of Tim Kennedy

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For the better part of the opening round on Saturday night, Kelvin Gastelum looked every bit an overmatched, undersized middleweight.

Gastelum, forced up to 185 pounds by frequent issues at 170, was outgrappled by the larger Tim Kennedy at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.

But then Gastelum found his fight. And his striking game. And he started taking it to the musclebound Kennedy. The TUF 17 winner scored one of the biggest victories of his career with a TKO finish at 2:45 of the third round at UFC 206.

It capped a frantic month for the Yuma, Ariz., native, who had his UFC 205 fight with Donald Cerrone scrap due to weight issues.

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"Man, it's been a rough month, I'm not going to lie," said Gastelum. "I definitely felt like my back was against the wall. I want to make things right."

After Kennedy's strong start, Gastelum started finding a home in the final minute of the round, landing big combos and for which Kennedy had no answer. In the second, it was more of the same. Kennedy, who had not fought since Sept. 2014, tried to impose his will, but Gastelum dictated the round.

In the final round, Kennedy looked all but out on his feet. But the former Army Ranger is one of the toughest competitors in the sport and did his best in hang in there. A vicious left-right-left onslaught settled matters, as Kennedy dropped and John McCarthy waved off the bout.

After the bout, Gastelum (13-2), who won for the third time in his past four fights, indicated we wished to move back to 170. Kennedy (18-6) has lost two in a row.