Regardless of shedding the co-main occasion simply hours earlier than, UFC Vegas 24 delivered some spectacular performances from the fighters on the UFC Apex. Middleweight Gerald Meerschaert and bantamweight Tony Gravely had been amongst those that earned an additional $50,000 for his or her efforts within the octagon. Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum additionally earned themselves an additional bag of money.
Efficiency of the Evening: Gerald Meerschaert
Meerschaert turned in an outstanding submission win over Bartosz Fabinski within the first-round, in his first apperance since falling to Khamzat Chimaev final September. It was a comparatively straightforward evening of labor for the Wisconsin native who grew to become the submission wins chief in UFC middleweight historical past. After taking just a few early pictures on the toes, Meerschaert shortly took the struggle to the bottom in opposition to the cage, sinking in a decent guillotine choke that put Fabinski to sleep midway by way of the opening spherical.
Efficiency of the Evening: Tony Gravely
Gravely got here into the evening as a rising bantamweight prospect within the stacked males’s 135-pound division. Each Gravely and opponent Anthony Birchak started a standup warfare in the midst of the octagon from the get-go. After a highly-entertaining opening spherical, Gravely didn’t let up in Spherical 2; countering a low-calf kick from Birchak with a stiff jab that knocked him out chilly. The “Dana White’s Contender Sequence” alumni has confirmed to be a legit prospect and has now received two of his first three fights within the UFC.
Struggle of the Evening: Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Final however not least, the principle occasion between high middleweights Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum didn’t disappoint followers. Whittaker turned in arguably among the best performances of his profession in opposition to Gastelum, one of many hardest rivals within the division. “The Reaper” used his vary on the toes to overwhelm the smaller Gastelum, who had his personal moments within the putting division. Whittaker was in a position to make the most of just a few takedowns as nicely and fully dominated the struggle, coasting to a unanimous resolution victory (50-45 x 3).
Subsequent for Whittaker is greater than probably a rematch with middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, who’s coming off a light-heavyweight title loss to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259.
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