Robert Whittaker has predicted how lengthy it’s going to take him to complete Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Vegas 24. Whittaker believes he’ll cease Gastelum in spherical two of their battle.
Back in February 2019, then-UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker was scheduled to defend his title towards Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 234. Nevertheless, Whittaker was coerced into withdrawing from the battle simply hours previous to the occasion.
Robert Whittaker had suffered a collapsed bowel and an inner hernia, which required emergency surgical procedure. The battle between Whittaker and Gastelum was canceled and wasn’t rebooked within the ensuing time.
Fast-forward to 2021, when Robert Whittaker was booked to face Paulo Costa at UFC Vegas 24 (April seventeenth, 2021). This reserving fell aside as Costa withdrew from the battle in mid-March, because of him coping with COVID-19 and a extreme flu. The UFC subsequently roped in Gastelum as Costa’s substitute and the Whittaker vs. Gastelum battle thereby ended up being rebooked.
Robert Whittaker lately spoke to MMA Junkie on a myriad of subjects. Upon being requested for his prediction on how his UFC Vegas 24 battle towards Kelvin Gastelum would play out, Robert Whittaker acknowledged:
“Yeah, I’ll put him away in the second (round). That’s, yeah, that’s my prediction.”
Additionally, referencing the truth that Kelvin Gastelum has been in a number of grueling fights and brought a big quantity of injury in current fights, the opportunity of Gastelum’s sturdiness having declined was mentioned. Robert Whittaker addressed this and mentioned:
“It’s hard to say. It’s hard to say. Yeah, it is too hard to say and predict. Yeah, all I know is that I’m going to go in this fight the best Rob Whittaker I’ve been. And I’m going into this fight very happy, and a happy Rob’s a dangerous one.” (*Video courtesy: MMA Junkie; H/T Sportskeeda for the transcription)
Furthermore, Robert Whittaker emphasised that Kelvin Gastelum is a troublesome fighter and that he isn’t wanting previous him, reiterating his respect for Gastelum.
Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum have their sights set on UFC middleweight gold
Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum each have one loss respectively to present UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. And it goes with out saying that each middleweight stars would absolutely be aiming to avenge their loss by working their approach again to a title shot and defeating Adesanya.
This makes the UFC Vegas 24 battle extremely essential for Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum, because the winner might compete in a No. 1 contender’s matchup and even get a title shot of their subsequent octagon outing.