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Kelvin Gastelum replaces Paulo Costa, meets Robert Whittaker in April 17 UFC headliner

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Kelvin Gastelum will step in as a alternative in the primary occasion of UFC’s April 17 Struggle Evening card Robert Whittaker following Paulo Costa’s withdrawal, a number of folks with data of the reserving informed MMA Combating following a report from ESPN. The cardboard is anticipated to happen at Las Vegas’ UFC APEX.

Costa withdrew from the five-round major occasion on Monday amid an ongoing struggle with a extreme flu weeks after testing optimistic for COVID-19.

Whittaker and Gastelum have been paired up towards one another for the UFC championship in 2019, however “The Reaper,” a middleweight king on the time, was pulled from UFC 234 as a result of well being points. Gastelum fought Israel Adesanya for an interim belt two months later and misplaced a hard-fought battle.

Gastelum (17-6, 1 no contest) most lately received a choice over Ian Heinisch in February and stated he would keep prepared in case something occurred to both Whittaker or Costa. The Final Fighter Season 17 winner was on a three-fight dropping skid towards Adesanya, Darren Until and Jack Hermansson previous to the victory.

Whittaker (22-5) can be climbing his approach again to the highest of the 185-pound class since dropping his belt to Adesanya in October 2019, scoring determination victories over Until and Jared Cannonier in 2020.