UFC Vegas 24 took place on 17th April, 2021 at Apex Facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card featured a main event of middle-weight fight between Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum. Whittaker ultimately won the fight via unanimous decision. This gives Whittaker another shot for entry into title discussions at 185lbs. Robert Whittaker scored a convincing 50-45 win on all three judges’ scorecards. Gastelum was aggressive early. He took control of the center of the Octagon, but Whittaker was quick to counter. To make matters worse for Gastelum, Whittaker showed he actually held the wrestling advantage. He took down the former collegiate wrestler and held him down for the rest of the opening round. The Reaper later continued to pick apart an aggressive Gastelum with counters to nearly every salvo rather than force the issue of a takedown. The fight served as a great reminder of just how good Whittaker is. Israel Adesanya may have gotten the best of him in their first fight, but Whittaker has shown that he should be favored against any middleweight who isn’t the champion. Gastelum had a few moments where he landed cleanly, but this night was all about Whittaker. He was too quick, too technical and too strong for his opponent, and he may be in line to get a second crack at Adesanya soon.
Robert Whittaker is a New Zealand born Mixed Martial Artist and has been involved in UFC fighting since 2009. Whittaker was a contestant on the first series of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes and won the welterweight tournament. He is known among his fans as ‘The Reaper’. His career earnings stand at $3392000 with $456000 coming from the last fight against Gastelum. His highest earning came from UFC 225 on 9th June, 2018 fighting against Romero with Whittaker getting $70000 from Romero missing weight. His total earnings from that match was $610000. Whittaker has won 23 out of the 28 UFC fights he has participated in. 9 of the wins came from Knocking out his opponents. His famous defeat came against Israel Adesanya a few months earlier. Recently, after UFC Vegas 24, UFC President Dana White opined that it should be Robert Whittaker to face Israel Adesanya in a middleweight title fight. During a recent interview, White made it clear that while he thinks Whittaker should be next, he also isn’t ruling out the possibility of giving a shot to Marvin Vettori if Whittaker isn’t ready. Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is also slowly inching his way back into the upper echelon of the promotion’s pound-for-pound rankings. He climbed two spots after UFC Vegas 24.