Robert Whittaker of Australia in action versus Israel Adesanya of New Zealand throughout the middleweight title bout of the UFC 243 fight night in Melbourne on October 6, 2019. (Photo by ASANKA BRENDON RATNAYAKE/ AFP)/– IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE– (Photo by ASANKA BRENDON RATNAYAKE/AFP through Getty Images).
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UFC Vegas 24: Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum battle card.
For the 2nd week in a row, middleweights take spotlight when No. 1 competitor Robert Whittaker steps in the Octagon to combat No. 8 Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Vegas 24.
The two were originally scheduled to compete at UFC 234 in Australia, but Whittaker was forced off the card the early morning of the fight due to a medical emergency situation that needed instant surgical treatment. Gastelum is now stepping in as a replacement for the injured Paulo Costa, Whittakers initial opponent, in what will be a matchup fans have now waited over 2 years for.
Gastelum snapped his three-fight losing skid when he defeated Ian Heinisch via unanimous choice at UFC 258, a fight in which he was able to showcase his remarkable fumbling abilities. The former title opposition will look to string together back-to-back wins in hopes of securing a rematch with existing middleweight king Israel Adesanya. Meanwhile, Whittaker has actually won 2 in a row given that losing the title to Adesanya at UFC 243. “The Reaper” rattled off consentaneous decision triumphes over both Darren Till and Jared Cannonier in 2020.
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Main Card (10 p.m. ET, ESPN & & ESPN+):
UFC Vegas 24 takes place on Saturday, April 17, 2021, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided, who is on-site, for all your live news and highlights.
Tracy Cortez vs. Justine Kish.
Alexandr Romanov vs. Juan Espino.
Jessica Penne vs. Lupita Godinez.
Bartosz Fabinski vs. Gerald Meerschaert.
Zarah Fairn vs. Josiane Nunes.
Tony Gravely vs. Anthony Birchak.
. Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum.
Jeremy Stephens vs. Drakkar Klose.
Andrei Arlovski vs. Chase Sherman.
Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Jacob Malkoun.
Luis Pena vs. Alexander Munoz.
Ricardo Ramos vs. Bill Algeo.
Initial Card (7 p.m. ET, ESPN & & ESPN+):.