UFC Vegas 24: Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum fight card.
The two were originally scheduled to compete at UFC 234 in Australia, but Whittaker was forced off the card the morning of the fight due to a medical emergency that required immediate surgery. Gastelum is now stepping in as a replacement for the injured Paulo Costa, Whittaker’s original opponent, in what will be a matchup fans have now waited over two years for.
Gastelum snapped his three-fight losing skid when he defeated Ian Heinisch via unanimous decision at UFC 258, a fight in which he was able to showcase his superior wrestling abilities. The former title challenger will look to string together back-to-back wins in hopes of securing a rematch with current middleweight king Israel Adesanya. Meanwhile, Whittaker has won two in a row since losing the title to Adesanya at UFC 243. “The Reaper” rattled off unanimous decision victories over both Darren Till and Jared Cannonier in 2020.
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* Fight card subject to change
Main Card (10 p.m. ET, ESPN & ESPN+):
- Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin GastelumJeremy Stephens vs. Drakkar KloseAndrei Arlovski vs. Chase ShermanAbdul Razak Alhassan vs. Jacob MalkounLuis Pena vs. Alexander MunozRicardo Ramos vs. Bill Algeo
Preliminary Card (7 p.m. ET, ESPN & ESPN+):
- Tracy Cortez vs. Justine KishAlexandr Romanov vs. Juan EspinoJessica Penne vs. Lupita GodinezBartosz Fabinski vs. Gerald MeerschaertZarah Fairn vs. Josiane NunesTony Gravely vs. Anthony Birchak
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.