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Kelvin Gastelum will stage in as a substitute in the most important party of UFC’s April 17 Fight Night card Robert Whittaker adhering to Paulo Costa’s withdrawal, numerous people today with understanding of the booking instructed MMA Battling next a report from ESPN. The card is envisioned to acquire location at Las Vegas’ UFC APEX.
Costa withdrew from the five-round principal party on Monday amid a ongoing struggle with a intense flu weeks following testing good for COVID-19.
Whittaker and Gastelum have been paired up versus each other for the UFC championship in 2019, but “The Reaper,” a middleweight king at the time, was pulled from UFC 234 due to wellbeing problems. Gastelum fought Israel Adesanya for an interim belt two months afterwards and misplaced a tough-fought struggle.
Gastelum (17-6, 1 no contest) most just lately won a decision in excess of Ian Heinisch in February and stated he would stay prepared in situation anything at all took place to possibly Whittaker or Costa. The Top Fighter Time 17 winner was on a three-combat dropping skid towards Adesanya, Darren Till and Jack Hermansson prior to the victory.
Whittaker (22-5) is also climbing his way back to the top rated of the 185-pound course given that losing his belt to Adesanya in October 2019, scoring conclusion victories in excess of Until and Jared Cannonier in 2020.