Robert Whittaker didn’t give Kevin Gastelum a chance on Saturday night at the UFC. The number one middleweight challengers won by unanimous decision of the judges after a largely dominated fight and is closing in on another chance against champion Israel Adesanya.
The logic was rather well respected this weekend during the duel between Robert Whittaker and Kevin Gastelum. First in the ranking of challengers in the UFC middleweight category, the Australian signed a very serious performance to win the 23rd fight of his career (for five losses). Opposite, Gastelum hoped to chain a second success in a row and continue his ascent to the summits. In vain.
More effective in contact, Robert Whittaker overpowered his American rival to perfection to win by unanimous decision of the judges (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) on the night of Saturday to Sunday in Las Vegas. The former UFC middleweight champion, didn’t need to chamber his rival or overdo it. Quietly but surely, “The Reaper” built a solid victory. Sharper in his offensives, the 30-year-old fighter made his technique speak by sending out jabs, direct from the right or other hooks from the left and kicks.
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Whittaker challenges Adesanya
Replacing Paulo Costa, forced to retire due to the medium-term consequences of contamination with the coronavirus, Kevin Gastelum could not show much as Robert Whittaker suffocated him and seemed to find a solution to all his attempts . If the American is stopped in his attempt to return to the top, “The Reaper” has once again marked the spirits. His demonstration of the day could even quickly give him a chance for the title against Israel Adesanya.
“I think we should talk about it,” Whittaker said of another clash with the champion. “I think it’s high time our paths cross again. I think we can fill a stadium. […] I’m going to work hard, I still have little tricks he hasn’t seen. “
A little less than two years after losing his belt to the Nigerian, Robert Whittaker appears to be the only current fighter capable of beating “Stylebender” in the middle middle.
After his disappointing loss to Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight title, Israel Adesanya will be keen to show who’s boss. Knocked out by the champion in October 2019, Robert Whittaker will want his revenge. The show is already promising to be grandiose in the octagon.