LAS VEGAS– On a night when a social networks celebrity knocked out a former MMA champ in an extremely prejudiced fashion, Robert Whittaker advised the world what a true boxer is all about.
The former UFC middleweight champion placed on a master class Saturday at Pinnacle, beating Kelvin Gastelum in every location and racking up a controlling unanimous choice victory.
Judges scored 50-45 on all cards for Whittaker. Yahoo Sports additionally had it 50-45 for Whittaker.
The win likely establishes a rematch with Israel Adesanya for the middleweight title.
Whittaker revealed championship lumber on Saturday, beating Gastelum with a selection of strikes. The fight was primarily opposed on the feet, and Gastelum couldn’t deal with Whittaker’s range of shots nor his precision.
Whittaker was catching him with tidy shots consistently, breaking through the guard with a straight right, and also tossing just about every punch in the book. At one factor in the third round, Whittaker baited Gastelum in, who discharged a huge right. Whittaker ducked under, tipped to the side and fractured Gastelum with a counter ideal that sent out sweat and blood travelling.
Gastelum combated hard as well as kept striking. Still, he had not been connecting almost usually sufficient regardless of bloodying Whittaker’s nose and mouth as well as creating his face to swell.
The two were supposed to eliminate for the middleweight belt in Australia in 2019. Yet, on the morning of the battle, Whittaker had to pull out of the fight and undertake emergency surgical treatment.
Gastelum took this fight as a replacement for about a month’s notification when Paulo Costa was unwell and took out the spell.
It gave the UFC a solid, enjoyable and affordable centrepiece as opposed to the spectacle on the contrary website of the country where Jake Paul knocked senseless former UFC star and Bellator and ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren in the very first.
Whittaker and Gastelum kept a high speed and revealed why they’re taken into consideration on top of their games.
However, Whittaker is virtual without a peer, and in practically every area, he was a bit much better than the eighth-ranked Gastelum.
The two welcomed and shared nice words after the fight needed to send out Whittaker right into a rematch for the middleweight belt with Adesanya. Adesanya knocked out Whittaker in 2019 to win the title.