UFC Vegas 24 results: Robert Whittaker outclasses Kelvin Gastelum, wants rematch with Israel Adesanya – MMA Root

Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker performed masterfully in five rounds at UFC Vegas 24, overtaking the formidable Kelvin Gastelum to make a unanimous decision in his third fight after losing the title to Israel Adesanya.

At the main event at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas on Saturday, Whittaker scored a 50-45 unanimous hit and timing score to damage a one-off intermediate championship contender between Gastelum’s attacks.

“I feel like I’m at the top of the world,” said Whittaker, who was scheduled to meet Paulo Costa before the one-time championship contender withdrew from the fight. Obviously, this was a very tough fight. I think a lot of people were selling short to Kelvin for his place in the rankings. He’s one of the best fighters in the division, and it was a tough fight. “

The match lasted three years after Whittaker and Gastelum met with rival coaches. Ultimate Fighter 28 Whittaker’s last-second at UFC 234 was canceled due to health issues. However, very early in the fight, the superior fighter was clear.

Gastelum never stopped coming forward with heavy shots trying to corner Whittaker. Often times, he was punched or straightened just before his landing, but left the former champion with his swollen left eye and bloody nose with the work he did.

“We were initially preparing for Costa,” Whittaker said. “Speed ​​was key and I worked hard on my feet. We took my hands to the next level.”

The fight almost ended early when Whittaker concealed the head shot with one or two and left the left hook to the temple Gastelum in trembling legs. When Gastelum tried to get someone back, Whittaker leaned over to get under him easily.

Since Whittaker was one step ahead of Gastelum, this model would repeat itself for 25 minutes with minor changes. As far as a championship shootout was concerned, Whittaker left no doubt that he was ready for a rematch with Adesanya, who knocked him down in October 2019.

Asking for her thoughts on a potential title shoot, Whittaker kept her stylish.

“Nothing but respect,” said Whittaker, who defeated Darren Till and Jared Cannonier in their previous two games. He’s a great fighter. But I think it’s time to cross our paths once again. They can open the borders of Australia in September. Let’s make it happen. Let’s see if we can find a stadium for home. “

This feeling was not fully reflected by Adesanya, who tweeted after the fight, “Good job son.”

“O,” Whittaker replied. “Whatever. He makes the trash talk, right? He beat me last time. But I’ll work hard and I think I have some tricks he hasn’t seen yet.”

With contestant Marvin Vettori sitting by the cage, the race for the next middleweight championship contestant is quite raging.

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