UFC Vegas 24: Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum battle card.
The 2 had been initially scheduled to compete at UFC 234 in Australia, however Whittaker was pressured off the cardboard the morning of the battle attributable to a medical emergency that required fast surgical procedure. Gastelum is now stepping in as a alternative for the injured Paulo Costa, Whittaker’s unique opponent, in what will likely be a matchup followers have now waited over two years for.
Gastelum snapped his three-fight dropping skid when he defeated Ian Heinisch through unanimous determination at UFC 258, a battle during which he was capable of showcase his superior wrestling skills. The previous title challenger will look to string collectively back-to-back wins in hopes of securing a rematch with present middleweight king Israel Adesanya. In the meantime, Whittaker has received two in a row since dropping the title to Adesanya at UFC 243. “The Reaper” rattled off unanimous determination victories over each Darren Until and Jared Cannonier in 2020.
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Major Card (10 p.m. ET, ESPN & ESPN+):
- Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum
- Jeremy Stephens vs. Drakkar Klose
- Andrei Arlovski vs. Chase Sherman
- Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Jacob Malkoun
- Luis Pena vs. Alexander Munoz
- Ricardo Ramos vs. Invoice Algeo
Preliminary Card (7 p.m. ET, ESPN & ESPN+):
- Tracy Cortez vs. Justine Kish
- Alexandr Romanov vs. Juan Espino
- Jessica Penne vs. Lupita Godinez
- Bartosz Fabinski vs. Gerald Meerschaert
- Zarah Fairn vs. Josiane Nunes
- Tony Gravely vs. Anthony Birchak