Kelvin Gastelum measures in to struggle Robert Whittaker
It didn’t take very long for Robert Whittaker to get a new opponent for his UFC Battle Night time headlining bout on April 17. Soon soon after it was uncovered that Paulo Costa stepped out, Kelvin Gastelum stepped in. The information was to begin with noted by Peleando podcast host Carlos Contreras Legaspi.
Whittaker was initially slated to encounter Costa in the April 17 principal party, but the Brazilian withdrew after continuing to battle with his COVID-19 recovery, such as a modern bout of the flu.
As a substitute of rescheduling the bout for a later on date, UFC officials inked Gastelum to maintain the fight on timetable.
The function is presently approved to acquire location at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, but has not been supplied an official locale as of however. The UFC is taking the April 24 UFC 261 spend-for every-see to Jacksonville, Fla., wherever they will be authorized to fill the 15,000-seat VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena to potential. It is feasible that the organization could possibly be looking to make a very similar shift with the April 17 struggle card.
The Robert Whittaker combat is a massive prospect for Kelvin Gastelum
Possessing dropped 3 consecutive bouts prior to righting the ship against Ian Heinisch at UFC 258 in February, Gastelum experienced bee sitting down on the sidelines, hoping to figure out his next go. When the possibility to fight the previous UFC middleweight winner, Gastelum jumped at the opportunity to phase in the Octagon with Whittaker.
At the moment ranked no. 1 in the middleweight division, Whittaker most likely would have gotten a shot at champion Israel Adesanya with a acquire more than the no. 2 ranked Costa.
Adesanya took the belt from Whittaker at UFC 243 in Oct of 2019. Whittaker has since defeated Darren Till and Jared Cannonier.
This is a incredible chance for Gastelum to propel his name back into the thick of title talks, but could however be Whittaker’s launching pad into a second fight with Adesanya and a likelihood to get back the UFC middleweight championship.
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