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Robert Whittaker is on the verge of regaining the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight belt.
The former champion put an impressive master class against Kelvin Gastelum at the UFC in the main event of ESPN 22, wiping the scorecards with a trio of 50-45 counts. Whittaker (23-5, 14-3 UFC) has now successively beaten Gastelum, Jared Cannonier and Darren Till since resigning the 185 pound title in Israel Adesanya in October 2019.
“I feel on top of the world,” Whittaker said. “It was obviously a very tough fight. I think a lot of people were selling Kelvin soon because of his ranking, but I think it’s a very tough fight. “
The PMA Martial Arts representative was one step ahead of Gastelum (16-6, 1 NC, 11-6, 1 NC UFC) for the entire 25 minutes. Whittaker set the tone when he briefly broke Gastelum with a kick in the early stages and although the winner of “The Ultimate Fighter 17” survived at the time, he never had an answer for his opponent’s different offensive arsenal.
Whittaker attacked with tragic punching combinations – often the opposite variety – and kicked in the head, legs and body while spraying on the occasional removal, including one that left a final mark on his victory with two minutes left in the race. To his credit, Gastelum absorbed all that Whittaker had to offer. While Gastelum pushed his enemy consistently, Whittaker used good course and movement to avoid serious damage.
Gastelum, who intervened for Paolo Costa, lost four of his last five appearances in the UFC. Whittaker, meanwhile, has a rematch with Adesanya at his attractions.
“I think it’s time to move on once again,” Whittaker said. “I think we can sell out the stadium.”
Arlovski wins 20th UFC Triumph
Andrei Arlovsky continues to find a way.
The former heavyweight champion became stronger as the fight progressed to capture a three-phase verdict against Chase Sherman at Saturday’s co-main event. All three judges scored for Arlovski: 29-28, 29-28 and 29-28. Sherman (15-7, 3-6 UFC) saw a four-game winning streak at the end.
Sherman had “The Pit Bull” in trouble in Round 1, when he appeared to stun him briefly and ran with his fists into the fence. Arlovski (31-20, 20-14 UFC) managed to survive the draw, however, and gradually took control in the last two rounds. The 42-year-old product of the American Top Team landed with fast combinations of piercing on the head and body, cut on the front leg and was kicked in the middle. By Round 3, Sherman admitted in his corner that he had difficulty planting in his leg. Nevertheless, the “Vanilla Gorilla” urged his enemy to meet him in the center of the Octagon in the seconds of the match, but by then Arlowski had gained a very big lead on the score cards.
Arlovski was the winner of four of the six commercials dating back to July 2019.
Malkoun Grinds Past Reeling Alhassan
Jacob Malkoun never gave Abdul Razak Alhassan a chance to breathe a sigh of relief as he took a three-lap verdict in a mid-weight bout. Malkoun (5-1, 1-1 UFC) dropped to the scorecards, taking a trio of 30-27 points from the judges. Alhassan, who made his 185 185 debut in the Octagon, has missed three consecutive seasons after winning four of his first five commercials.
Malcolm (5-1, 1-1 UFC) made no attempt to cover up his game plan. From the start, Robert Whittaker’s coach pushed heavy-handed Alhassan, landing a lot of rebounds in the starting box and draining his opponent’s energy meter. This strategy continued for the rest of the match, including a 2-sided lap in which Malcoun threatened multiple drownings while on the mat. Due to his inability to stay upright and out of the cage, Alhassan never had a chance to fire his powerful shot.
The fight transports Cortez Past Kish
Tracy Cortez relies on abolitions and fights to win a decision-making triumph over Justine Kish over flyweight. Derek Cleary scored 29-28 and Rick Winter had 30-27, both for Cortez, while Sal D’Amato submitted 29-28 for Kish. It was Cortez’s first appearance in the 125kg bid after two bantamweight victories, but the Fight Ready spokesman lost 0.5kg on Friday.
Cortez (9-1, 3-0 UFC) did some of their best work in Round 1, when they punished Kiss with heavy hammers from inside the guard and then spent a significant part of the period tied to his back. her opponent. Running back Cortez wins in both the second and third rounds, but Kish (7-4, 3-4 UFC) has been more competitive in the last 10 minutes thanks to its intelligence – including bending its enemy with a right hand counter late in the final frame.
Pena takes Split’s decision for Munoz
“The Ultimate Fighter 27” rival Luis Pena won a tough triumph against the decisions against Alex Munoz in a light encounter. Judges Sal D’Amato and Rick Winter watched the match 29-28 for “Violent Bob Ross”, while Michael Bell favored Munoz 29-28. The Pena (9-3, 5-3 UFC) are now 1-2 in the Las Vegas-based promotion at times that go into a split decision.
Munoz (6-2, 0-2 UFC) set the pace early, as he found Pena’s chin with his right hand while mingling with abortions and trying. Pena started to find his rhythm in Round 2 and he continued in the last five minutes, as he scored on wrestling coach Team Alpha Male with long punches, kicks and the occasional knee. Over time, Pena’s violation had Munoz hard on his hind leg.
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