Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum

 

Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum will square off at UFC on ESPN 22 in a pivotal middleweight main event matchup.

UFC on ESPN 22 takes place Saturday, April 17 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The event streams on ESPN/ESPN+.

Tuesday, the UFC released the official poster for the event, which features the two headlining participants against a red background. Tears divide the poster into four uneven sections and give the fighters a distorted side-by-side look.

Should he win against Gastelum (16-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC), it’s quite possible Whittaker (22-5 MMA, 13-3 UFC) could be next in line for UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, the man who took the title from him in 2019. As for Gastelum, he’ll look to turn a standalone win into a winning streak.

Whittaker was originally scheduled to square off with Paulo Costa. However, Costa withdrew from the matchup due to lingering COVID-19 effects. Fresh off a win over Ian Heinisch in February, Gastelum stepped in.

Whittaker and Gastelum were paired up once before for a fight that never happened. In February 2019, Whittaker withdrew from UFC 234 hours before the event due to a hernia.

The current UFC on ESPN 22 lineup includes:

  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. Robert Whittaker
  • Bartosz Fabinski vs. Gerald Meerschaert
  • Juan Espino vs. Alexander Romanov
  • Drakkar Klose vs. Jeremy Stephens
  • Parker Porter vs. Chase Sherman
  • Tracy Cortez vs. Justine Kish
  • Austin Hubbard vs. Natan Levy
  • Alex Munoz vs. Luis Pena
  • Bill Algeo vs. Ricardo Ramos
  • Hannah Goldy vs. Jessica Penne
  • Anthony Birchak vs. Tony Gravely

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