Tonight, Kelvin Gastelum arrived at Rod Laver arena, Melbourne, Australia for a media scrum holding freshly polished UFC championship belt.
Gastelum explained that he received the news about Whittaker pulling out of the scheduled championship fight at UFC 234 this morning via a knock on his hotel room dor. A UFC staff member informed him about the cancellation of the match. Whittaker suffered a hernia and had to be sent to a nearby hospital to conduct surgery immediately. He discloses his own health update on an internal staph infection.
Further into the interview, Gastleum proclaims that as far as his status as champion, he has “earned it”. He goes on to say, due to Whittaker being unable to compete tonight, the decision is declared as a forfeit, thus gifting the championship belt to Kelvin.
Gastelum assures the press that he will give Whittaker a chance to fight him as soon as he has recovered and continues to inform the press Gastelum how he has his eye on the new main event between Israel Adesanya and Anderson Silva, keeping his word to defend against the winner of that fight as well.
No official word from neither the UFC or Robert Whittaker in light these recent events.
Premierieng on August 29th, the highly anticipated 28th season of The Ultimate Fighter® will see UFC® middleweight champion Robert Whittaker coach opposite No. 4 ranked contender Kelvin Gastelum.
Following the series, which debuts Wednesday, August 29 on FS1, the two will clash for the middleweight title at a date that will be determined in the near future.
Continue reading “Breaking: TUF – Heavy Hitters cast revealed.”
International fight week has lived up to expectations once again, we had two great UFC events as two more fighters won The Ultimate Fighter, and the coaches went head to head to decide who would become the baddest man on the planet and obtain the UFC heavyweight title. In this article, I’m going to take you through some of the key highlights of the week and I plan on making this a weekly article to keep everyone updated on whats going on in the world of MMA.
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The Ultimate Fighter season 28 Heavy Hitters will begin filming next week, and after plenty of speculation, it has been announced that the current UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum will be the head coaches as sports toughest tournament sets to take off once again. Gastelum’s wishes of a title shot have finally come true as coaches are scheduled to fight later this year.
Continue reading “Breaking News: TUF 28 Coaches Announced.”
On paper, UFC 225 appeared to be the strongest card of the year so far. In reality, it delivered some incredibly entertaining fights and went a long way towards successfully living up to that billing. Yes, there were some controversial decisions from the judges and yes, there was a fight on the main card which belonged on the fight pass prelims at best.
Despite that, there were plenty of positive talking points and a number of memorable performances throughout the card (shout out Curtis Blaydes and Charles Oliveira). The main card alone delivered a fight of the year candidate, the crowning of a new champion, an undefeated young heavyweight extending his perfect record and a demonstration of experience and fight IQ from a multiple division title contender.
Lets take a look at what should come next for each of UFC 225’s main card winners.
Continue reading “Opinion: What next for Rob Whittaker and the other UFC 225 winners?”
The wait is finally over and arguably the most anticipated UFC card of the year is less than an hour away from kicking off in Chicago, Illinois.
The final few days of preparation have not been without drama, as is tradition, with Yoel Romero missing the 185lb mark by 0.2lbs. As a result, we still have a Whittaker vs Romero main event, but the UFC middleweight title is no longer on the line.
We will bring you all of the action as it happens, with the results of all fights being updated below in real time.
Continue reading “Live Results: UFC 225 – Whittaker vs Romero 2”
A rematch between current middleweight contender Yoel Romero, and UFC Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is set to go down once again – this time it’ll be for the undisputed middleweight title at the United Center, Chicago on June 9th.
Robert Whittaker (19-4) and Yoel Romero (13-2) last fought on July 8, 2017 at UFC 213 in the T-Mobile Arena. In this bout “The Reaper” Robert Whittaker picked up the win via unanimous decision. However, the fight between these two warriors was for the Interim UFC Middleweight title, with the winner getting a crack at the legitimate champ Michael Bisping.
However, an unexpected (and somewhat complicated) situation occurred when the UFC announced Bisping would fight the former long reigning Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217. “The Count” would go onto loose this bout, which ended with GSP becoming the fourth fighter in UFC history to win two belts at two different weight classes. St-Pierre then later vacated the belt 1 month later due to medical issues, with the UFC later promoting Robert Whittaker as the undisputed champion.
Romero, the former Olympic wrestling silver medalist is coming off an outstanding knockout victory over Luke Rockhold at UFC222. This bout was originally set for the Interim UFC middleweight title. However, Yoel missed weight, hitting the scales at 187.7 lbs. This subsequently rendered him ineligible for the title, but still able to fight.
Even with Whittaker making his return from illness, it still doesn’t hide his recent success inside the Octagon. Whittaker is currently riding an 8 fight winning streak with notable wins over, Yoel Romero, Jacare Souza and Derek Brunson.
The rematch of Robert Whittaker Vs Yoel Romero will certainly be an exciting way to settle the argument of who is the greatest UFC middleweight in the world.