So, turns out Kelvin Gastelum did take UFC champ Tyron Woodley's $9,000


LOS ANGELES – After a win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 183, Tyron Woodley, who won the UFC welterweight title in his next bout, announced to the world that he didn't want to pile on. Empathetic toward Gastelum, who missed weight and then lost a split decision to Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC), “T-Wood” then said he would send back the $9,000 he pocketed when Gastelum was fined 30 percent of his purse. As it turned out, Woodley followed through on his promise. Only Gastelum didn't want the money. The idea of getting reimbursed for a mistake only made him feel worse about it. “(Woodley) contacted me and told me, ‘Hey, where can I send this check?' And I told him, ‘Man, please don't send that check,'” Gastelum said at a media luncheon in support of his meeting with Rondaldo Souza (25-5 MMA, 8-2 UFC) next week at UFC 224. “‘Don't. I don't want it. I don't deserve it.'”

RelatedUFC 224's Kelvin Gastelum explains why he's back to Brazil after swearing it off But the thing is, money is money. When Woodley persisted and Gastelum was forced to choose between taking the high road or the money, you can guess which won out. “He looked up the gym that I trained at and sent it there,” Gastelum said. “And then I got the check, and I was like, ‘All right.' What am I going to do, rip it up? Should I have? I don't know.” Gastelum might have felt a little bit more pressure had he announced to the world he wouldn't take the money. But he hadn't, so why let a perfectly good check for $9,000 go to waste? For now, Gastelum is making his money at middleweight, where he's on the fast track after a knockout of ex-champ Michael Bisping. He faces “Jacare” Souza on May 12 at Jeunesse Arena in R…

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