UFC Vegas 24 headliner Kelvin Gastelum feels that if he goes out and picks up a giant win over Robert Whittaker, followers shall be handled to a rematch of one of many biggest fights of all time.
In what was atop many lists for 2019 Struggle of the 12 months, Israel Adesanya defeated Kelvin Gastelum by way of unanimous choice in a five-round warfare for the ages at UFC 236. It was onward and upward for Adesanya from there, as this victory earned him the precise to be topped the interim UFC middleweight champion, which he would go on to parlay into changing into the undisputed champion when he defeated Robert Whittaker at UFC 243.
Israel Adesanya has spoken up to now about “various universes” and the way these worlds host numerous totally different endings to each battle. In an alternate universe, maybe Kelvin Gastelum would have been in a position to put Adesanya away after having the champion in critical hazard earlier within the battle. Or possibly it could have been him who welcomed demise as he tapped into one other dimension earlier than pulling away with the win within the fifth spherical.
As an alternative, the truth is that Kelvin Gastelum got here up brief in opposition to Israel Adesanya and by no means acquired the possibility to face Robert Whittaker, who Gastelum was scheduled to problem for the title earlier than he misplaced to Adesanya at UFC 236. At UFC Vegas 24, Gastelum may have a possibility to recreate the previous by getting into an alternate universe the place Whittaker vs. Gastelum does occur and the place he’ll as soon as once more face Israel Adesanya, however maybe with a kind of totally different endings this time.
“I believe the winner of this battle will get the Izzy rematch,” Gastelum advised reporters in a UFC Vegas 24 media scrum. “I get the win, I get my hand raised, and I get the possibility to battle for the title subsequent.”
Followers had been wanting to see Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum battle for the title in 2019 as a result of it had all of the makings of a barnburner the best way the 2 match up stylistically. Because it occurs, that’s the similar cause why Gastelum himself is raring for the battle to kick off this Saturday.
“Tremendous extremely expert. These are two guys which can be getting into their prime. He’s extremely expert. I imagine I’ve the abilities to match it or be even higher,” Gastelum mentioned in previewing the bout. “So the battle followers are in for a pleasant battle. That’s why I’ve all the time preferred this battle. It’s simply because I believe the types mesh up very well, and it’s gonna be a extremely thrilling battle.”
Do you assume Kelvin Gastelum will have the ability to earn a rematch in opposition to Israel Adesanya if he beats Robert Whittaker at UFC Vegas 24?