Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum exceeded all expectations in their headlining role.
The two fighters met in a bout on Saturday night (April 17, 2021) at the UFC Vegas 24 event from Las Vegas, Nevada at the UFC Apex facility. The first round saw Whittaker tag him with a combo that ended with a head kick before getting a trip takedown. In the second round, Whittaker scored a takedown, but Gastelum got back to his feet.
At this stage, both guys were sporting some damage. Whittaker did a better job of mixing up his shots and landing at the right time while Gastelum was loading up on his shots. Kelvin tried hard in the fifth round, but Whittaker walked away with the decision.
Peep the highlights of the fight courtesy of the UFC’s official Twitter account:
After posting a nine-fight win streak, Whittaker got TKO’d by Israel Adesanya that ended his reign as the middleweight champion at the UFC 243 pay-per-view from Sydney, Australia at the Marvel Stadium. His following fights saw him get unanimous decision wins over Darren Till at the UFC on ESPN 14 event this past July and Jared Cannonier at the UFC 254 pay-per-view event from the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi aka Fight Island.
Gastelum was on a three-fight losing streak heading into this fight. He dropped a decision loss to Kelvin Gastelum at the UFC 244 pay-per-view event from Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York and then to now-UFC middleweight champion Adesanya at the UFC 236 event from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The fight went to the judges where Adesanya was awarded the decision win. His latest fight saw him get tapped out by Jack Hermansson at the UFC on ESPN+ 30 event from Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island aka Fight Island.
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