Gastelum was swept on the scorecards, shedding each and every spherical to Whittaker for unanimous 50-45 tallies. But he was optimistic about his future, crafting on Twitter, “I even now believe I can get the task accomplished and be 1 of the most effective!”
In truth, Gastelum is deemed one particular of the UFC’s very best at 185 kilos and is at present ranked No. 8 in the promotion’s rankings. The Top Fighter 17 winner has fallen limited, nevertheless, towards top-ranked competitiveness, such as Israel Adesanya, who battered him in a back again-and-forth fight that gained “Fight of the Year” honors but in the end led to Adesanya successful the interim belt he later unified by beating Whittaker.
Gastelum was scheduled to experience Whittaker at the conclusion of their time as opposing coaches on The Supreme Fighter 28 Whittaker even now held the belt. But a previous-second disease compelled Whittaker to withdraw, and the Aussie champ went on to get knocked out by Adesanya.
As with the Adesanya battle, Gastelum took a significant total of harm in his combat towards Whittaker, absorbing 150 strikes around five rounds. He also gave up four takedowns.
Whittaker has referred to as for a rematch with Adesanya in September or October, while he reported a write-up-battle health care checkup will figure out his timeline.