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Middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum (15-3) appears poised for a title shot after defeating former Strikeforce champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (25-6) via split decision on Saturday at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro.

Two judges had it 29-28 for Gastelum, while a third scored it 29-28 in favor of Souza.

Gastelum, 26, dug an early hole on the scorecards as he allowed Souza to take him down in the opening round and even move to full mount. Gastelum defended himself well off his back, however, and still appeared fresh in the second round.