The UFC Vegas 24 main event was the setting where the UFC’s former 185-pound champion, Robert Whittaker, styled on Kelvin Gastelum in a dominant five round decision. Whittaker was doing his thing, being surgical with his counters and masterfully setting up his head kicks. He rocked Gastelum on a couple of occasions with that head kick, and also scored some what seemed like effortless takedowns. It wasn’t a lack of effort that had Gastelum playing catch up the whole time. He was pressing forward and throwing his hands, doing his best to win, but Whittaker was simply too good. The former champ was just better everywhere, and is one of the very best fighters in MMA.
Check out Tim Burke’s play-by-play of the second round of Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum:
Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum, Round 2
Front kick from Whittaker. Good lead left from Gastelum. Stiff left and a body shot from Whittaker. Gastelum lands to the chest. Counter left scores for Gastelum. Whittaker ducks under the next one and takes him down. Whittaker is up immediately. Whittaker sticks him with the right. Good combo from Gastelum. Inside low kick from Whittaker. Both men land counters. Whittaker is tagging with kicks to the head and body. Gastelum tries to shoot but nada. Whittaker 10-9.
Robert Whittaker defeated Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)