Robert Whittaker is keen to get back inside the Octagon. Whittaker will be fighting Kelvin Gastelum in the upcoming UFC Vegas 24.
Previously, Whittaker and the current number 8 contender, Kelvin, were going to square off in 2019. However, the fight did not happen at the time as Robert had to undergo urgent surgery.
In the press conference for his fight, Robert remained tight-lipped about his plans. “Who knows? Maybe I’ll surprise everybody.” Although he is the number one contender, he did not give too much away.
“It’s a hard fight, I can’t look past him,” he adds. Initially, the former champ was going to face off against Paulo Costa. However, due to illness, Paulo withdrew from the event and was replaced by Kelvin.
“I’m hoping I can dominate him, but I’m expecting an absolute war,” says Robert. The Australian won his last two fights against Jared Cannonier and Darren Till via unanimous decisions. However, he lost the fight before that to Israel Adesanya.
On the other hand, Kelvin Gastelum is coming off a win against Ian Heinisch. Before that, he lost against Jack Hermansson, Till, and Adesanya in quick succession.
What’s next for Robert Whittaker?
Robert Whittaker is currently the number one contender for the title. Current holder, Israel Adesanya stripped him of the title. Naturally, ‘The Reaper’ will be looking to settle scores.
During the conference, Robert revealed he has unlocked a new potential. He has improved massively in the technical department and feels like a ‘whole new beast.’ Hence, he feels ready but at the same time is not getting too far ahead of himself.
Stylistically, Whittaker and Kelvin share many similar traits. Both the fighters like to get stuck in and hit hard and wrestle. As a result, Robert predicts that their fight will be a ‘cracker’.
Furthermore, it will be interesting to see what Robert does if he wins on April 17th. Many fans are predicting that he will call out Israel Adesanya at the end of the fight. Subsequently, a fiery showdown awaits us at UFC Vegas 24!
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