It may not be on pay-per-view this time, but fight fans were in for a treat when they finally got to witness Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum.
We were so close to having Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum back in February of 2019, but unfortunately a hernia injury to Whittaker cancelled what was shaping up to be a very interesting match-up between the two fighters in Melbourne, Australia.
Flash forward to 2021, and the highly anticipated main event we all were bummed about losing back in 2019 finally arrived. With Paulo Costa being forced out due to an illness, Kelvin Gastelum stepped up to save the UFC Vegas 24 main event, while trying to secure his spot once again as the next in line for a shot at the UFC middleweight championship. Likewise, Robert Whittaker wanted to show the world that he had evolved since the first time he was booked to face Gastelum, and wanted it to be him who got a rematch with Israel Adesanya.
In the end, Robert Whittaker put on a striking clinic against a very tough opponent in Kelvin Gastelum, landing crisp jabs and perfectly placed head kicks set up by excellent movement. Heading into the fifth and final round, Gastelum needed a finish as Whittaker looked to be ahead on the scorecards — but Whittaker was a step ahead and showcased an amazing performance that most likely punched his ticket to a rematch for Middleweight gold.
PROS GIVE THEIR TAKE
Here is how the pros reacted to the UFC Vegas 24 main event between Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum.
Good job my son.
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) April 18, 2021
Master class. Always a fan Rob #UFCVegas24
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) April 18, 2021
Crispy AF. Flawless. @robwhittakermma
— Lando Vannata (@GroovyLando) April 18, 2021
Congrats to Whitaker on amazing performance. Gastelum as tough as they come !
— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) April 18, 2021
@robwhittakermma on another level rn I could watch 100 rounds
— Kevin MTP Lee (@MoTownPhenom) April 18, 2021
Great fight! Nothing but respect to both guys #UFCVegas24
— Max Griffin (@MaxPainGriffin) April 18, 2021
This Whitaker vs Gastelum fight is 🔥. Real martial arts ! #UFCVegas24
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) April 18, 2021
Rob can’t miss, his striking looks so clean tonight. #ufcvegas24
— Casey Oneill (@kingcaseymma) April 18, 2021
Great fucking fight
— Chito Vera (@chitoveraUFC) April 18, 2021
Robert Whittaker is the #1 contender and the rightful challenger for the middleweight belt #UFCVegas24
— Julian marquez (@JMarquezMMA) April 18, 2021
Whittaker for the next title shot against Adesanya.
Then we have Costa, Brunson, Vettori trifecta that we need to figure out. Then there’s the Hall-Weidman match up next weekend as well! This division is heating back up! #UFCVegas24
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) April 18, 2021
Robert’s so nice
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) April 18, 2021
Whittaker is looking CRISPY right now with those counters!!! #UFCVegas24
— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) April 18, 2021