Australian UFC competitor Robert Whittaker has improved American competing Kelvin Gastelum in their long-awaited rematch on Sunday afternoon AEST.
The previous middleweight champion placed on a masterclass performance at Las Vegas’ UFC Pinnacle, defeating Gastelum using unanimous decision (50-45 x 3).
Whittaker controlled the whole of the five-round competition, out striking his challenger walking and also the ground.
Gastelum landed a handful of effective strikes; however, the Aussie was undeniably exceptional with his precision and timing.
” I feel sitting pretty,” Whittaker stated after the win.
” Undoubtedly, this was an extremely difficult battle. I believe a lot of individuals were marketing Kelvin short for where he remained in the positions. He is just one of the best boxers in the department, and that was a tough fight.”
Two years earlier, Whittaker suffered a stomach rupture the evening before his middleweight title battle versus Gastelum, forcing a shock withdrawal.
It was a fanatic injury, burglarizing Mixed Martial Arts followers of what would have been a thrilling contest at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Sector.
Whittaker was meant to come up against Paulo Costa this weekend break. The Brazilian boxer took out since a serious situation of flu-impeded prep work, Gastelum the eleventh-hour substitute.
The 30-year-old’s success reignited telephone calls from within the UFC area for a rematch versus current middleweight champ Israel Adesanya– the New Zealander took the belt off Whittaker at UFC 243 in October 2019.
“( Adesanya) is an excellent competitor. However, I think it’s about time we went across courses once more,” Whittaker claimed on Sunday.
” They could open up the boundaries for Australia in September. Let’s make that take place. Let’s see if we can obtain a stadium back house.
” He beat me last time. However, I’m going to work hard, and also, I assume I have obtained some tricks he hasn’t seen yet.”
FULL CARD AND OUTCOMES
Robert Whittaker beat Kelvin Gastelum– using consentaneous choice– middleweight
Andrei Arlovski defeated Chase Sherman– using consentaneous choice– heavyweight
Jacob Malkoun beat Abdul Razak Alhassan– through consentaneous choice– middleweight
Tracy Cortez defeated Justine Kish– through split decision– ladies’ flyweight
Luis Pena beat Alexander Munoz– using split choice– light-weight
Alexander Romanov defeated Juan Espino– via technological split choice– heavyweight
Jessica Penne beat Lupita Godinez– via split decision– ladies’ strawweight
Gerald Meerschaert defeated Bartosz Fabinski– through first-round submission– middleweight
Austin Hubbard defeated Dakota Bush– via consentaneous choice– light-weight
Tony Seriously beat Anthony Birchak– using second-round TKO– bantamweight