Whittaker puts on clinic in five-round win over Gastelum

In this 2018 photo, Robert Whittaker reacts after his middleweight title bout against Yoel Romero at UFC 225. (Jim Young, File/AP)

Robert Whittaker looked outstanding in his unanimous decision victory over Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card in Las Vegas.

The former middleweight champion earned a clean sweep of the scorecards and likely also earned a shot at redemption in the form a rematch with current champion Israel Adesanya.

Whittaker landed 99 more strikes than Gastelum in the 25-minute bout to go along with securing four of seven takedown attempts.

Whittaker lost his belt to Adesanya at UFC 243 in October of 2019, which broke a nine-fight winning streak that included a pair of title fight victories over Yoel Romero. Since that loss Whittaker has won unanimous decisions over Darren Till, Jared Cannonier and now Gastelum to cement his status as the No. 1 contender at 185 pounds.

Adesanya has never lost in MMA as a middleweight but is coming off a unanimous decision defeat to reigning light-heavyweight titleholder Jan Blachowicz in March and he will be returning to his natural weight class for his next fight.

Here are the full results from the 10-fight card.

-- Robert Whittaker def. Kelvin Gastelum by unanimous decision
-- Andrei Arlovski def. Chase Sherman by unanimous decision
-- Jacob Malkoun def. Abdul Razak Alhassan by unanimous decision
-- Tracy Cortez def. Justine Kish by split decision
-- Luis Peña def. Alexander Munoz by split decision

-- Alexander Romanov def. Juan Espino by technical split decision
-- Jessica Penne def. Lupita Godinez by split decision
-- Gerald Meerschaert def. Bartosz Fabinski by technical submission (guillotine choke)
-- Austin Hubbard def. Dakota Bush by unanimous decision
-- Tony Gravely def. Anthony Birchak by technical knockout

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