One-time interim title contender Calvin Gastelum released a statement on Sunday promising to continue the fight after being defeated by former champion Robert Whittaker in the main event of UFC Vegas 24.
Gastelum was on the cards, losing to Whittaker every round by a unanimous score of 50-45. But he was optimistic about the future, tweeting: “I still believe I can do my job and become one of the best!”
In fact, Gastelum ranks as one of the best in the UFC at 185 pounds and is currently ranked 8th in the promotion rankings. Best Fighter 17 However, the winner lost the competition against top players including Israel Adesanya, who defeated him in a two-way fight that won the Fight of the Year title but ultimately resulted in Adesanya winning the intermediate belt, which he later combined. beating Whittaker.
Gastelum was scheduled to face Whittaker at the end of his time as opposing coaches on Best Fighter 28 Whittaker was still holding his belt. But illness in the last second forced Whittaker to withdraw from the race, and the Australian champion was defeated by Adesanya.
Gastelum is 1-4 in his last five decisions over Jan Heinisch, as well as failures against Adesanya, Darren Till, Jack Hermansson and most recently Whittaker.
As in the battle with Adesanya, Gastelum took significant damage in the battle against Whittaker, absorbing 150 hits in five rounds. He also gave up four takedowns.
Whittaker has called for a rematch with Adesanya in September or October, although he said his schedule would be determined by a post-fight medical examination.