Kelvin Gastelum Reveals Who He Wants To Win In Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya Fight

Former title challenger Kelvin Gastelum revealed who he wants to win in the upcoming UFC 243 headliner between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya. Whittaker and Adesanya collide in a middleweight title unification fight on October 5. Gastelum has history with both fighters — he was originally supposed to face Whittaker for the title in February […]

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Former title challenger Kelvin Gastelum revealed who he wants to win in the upcoming UFC 243 headliner between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya.

Whittaker and Adesanya collide in a middleweight title unification fight on October 5. Gastelum has history with both fighters — he was originally supposed to face Whittaker for the title in February until injury pulled the latter out. He then faced Adesanya for the interim title in a losing effort resulting in the UFC 243 matchup.

Last month, he predicted Adesanya would come out on top, but in a recent interview, now believes Whittaker will win.

However, he still wants Adesanya to win so he can avenge that loss:

“It’ll be an interesting fight because Israel brings a whole different skill set,” Gastelum told the South China Morning Post. “A whole variety of skills. But I think Rob has the right tools to beat him. I think he will win but selfishly I want Israel to win so I can take the title from him.”

Gastelum and Adesanya took part in a five-round war at UFC 236 that went back-and-forth until the final bell. However, it was “The Last Stylebender” who came out on top, notably dropping Gastelum multiple times throughout the contest.

The manner of the defeat makes Gastelum want to correct things even more:

“I just want that rematch,” he added. “You lose and go over every single detail and you want to get back in there and make things right.”

Do you agree with Gastelum’s prediction? And do you think he’ll eventually face the winner soon?

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Kelvin Gastelum ‘Selfishly’ Wants Israel Adesanya To Beat Robert Whittaker

Kelvin Gastelum hopes that he can face Israel Adesanya in a rematch for the UFC middleweight gold. Gastelum and Adesanya did battle back in April. The two fought for the interim UFC 185-pound championship. In a “Fight of the Year” candidate…

Kelvin Gastelum hopes that he can face Israel Adesanya in a rematch for the UFC middleweight gold. Gastelum and Adesanya did battle back in April. The two fought for the interim UFC 185-pound championship. In a “Fight of the Year” candidate, Adesanya pulled off the unanimous decision victory. He will take on Robert Whittaker on […]

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Robert Whittaker Reveals One Reason He Hasn’t Trained With Jon Jones

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will throw down in the biggest fight of his career later this year. ‘The Reaper’ will take on interim champion Israel Adesanya in the main event of October’s UFC 243 from Melbourne, Australia…

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will throw down in the biggest fight of his career later this year. ‘The Reaper’ will take on interim champion Israel Adesanya in the main event of October’s UFC 243 from Melbourne, Australia. Needless to say, it’s already been a trash talk-filled buildup between the two 185-pound belt holders. That’s […]

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Robert Whittaker Has Spoken To Jon Jones ‘Numerous Times’ About Training Together

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker revealed he has been in regular contact with Jon Jones about training together. Whittaker is set to take on Israel Adesanya in a middleweight title unification clash at UFC 243 in October. The buildup is certainly personal between the two, but another person who has beef with Adesanya is Jones. […]

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UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker revealed he has been in regular contact with Jon Jones about training together.

Whittaker is set to take on Israel Adesanya in a middleweight title unification clash at UFC 243 in October. The buildup is certainly personal between the two, but another person who has beef with Adesanya is Jones. With them going back-and-forth as well, Jones even offered to help Whittaker train for Adesanya.

And the light heavyweight champion didn’t just say that to make headlines either:

“Yeah, I’ve spoken to Jon numerous times over the phone,” Whittaker said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday. “About training together, getting together and maybe getting some training in.

Unfortunately, the only problem is that they live on opposite sides of the world, with Whittaker being based in Australia:

“I’m sure we would if he didn’t live 27 hours away,” Whittaker said laughing. “Yeah, there’s the whole distance thing. Me and Jon are cool. We’ve talked a lot back-and-forth. He’s a cool guy, he’s a straight guy. I’m sure I’d get some work with him but yeah, he lives in another country.”

Do you think Jones would have prepared Whittaker even more for Adesanya?

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Robert Whittaker Dubs Stephen Thompson Best Outside Fighter In MMA

Robert Whittaker has high praise for the last man who defeated him. That being two-time welterweight title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Thompson finished Whittaker in the first round of their welterweight bout back in 2014. Since, Whittaker has racked up a nine-fight win streak and captured the middleweight championship of the world. Speaking to Grange […]

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Robert Whittaker has high praise for the last man who defeated him. That being two-time welterweight title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.

Thompson finished Whittaker in the first round of their welterweight bout back in 2014. Since, Whittaker has racked up a nine-fight win streak and captured the middleweight championship of the world. Speaking to Grange TV, Whittaker had a ton of praise for Thompson, who he called the best outside fighter in MMA:

“You know who’s the best, I think the best person who fights on the outside is Wonderboy Thompson,” Whittaker said. “He fights on the outside, he gives you different looks from the outside. He’s got good long range attacks.

“And when he comes in, it’s hard to see because he disguises it behind other stuff. And a big thing with an outside fighter going on the inside to do those attacks, those sort of blitz fighters, you can’t blitz in a straight line. You can’t blitz with very one-dimensional attacks because a guy like Trinaldo who is controlling the center and playing a pretty good counter-game is going to sit there and wait for your timing.

“As you come in, if you don’t hurt him or you don’t get off first, he’s just going to pop you, pop you, pop you, and then you have to get back out and do that again.”

In regards to his past bout with Thompson, there has been criticism over the stoppage, with some believing it was a bit premature. However, Whittaker is respectful of the referee’s decision and isn’t holding any grudges over it:

“Again, I always support the ref’s decision,” Whittaker said. “I believe they’re doing what they think is best at the time. They have a heavy, heavy responsibility with a lot of pressure. This is coming from someone who feels a little salty from an early stoppage in my own career.

“When I got dropped by Thompson, I felt I could have kept fighting. But the ref stopped it and I was a little salty afterwards thinking I could have kept fighting. But then, I shouldn’t have let it get that far anyway.

“It was a great win for him and the ref’s doing the best job he can so I’m supporting the ref’s decision because it’s a hard job to do. And if any of the people are complaining, you think you can do better? Do better. Try.”

Whittaker will be unifying his title with interim champion Israel Adesanya in the main event of UFC 243 in Australia.

What do you think about Whittaker dubbing Thompson the best outside fighter in MMA?

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Dana White Expects 60,000 Sell Out For Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya

Dana White is expecting UFC 243’s headliner between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya to be a sell out. Whittaker and Adesanya will collide in a middleweight title unification fight at UFC 243, which takes place October 5. For a long time, there were doubts as to where it would take place. In the end, Melbourne’s […]

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Dana White is expecting UFC 243’s headliner between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya to be a sell out.

Whittaker and Adesanya will collide in a middleweight title unification fight at UFC 243, which takes place October 5. For a long time, there were doubts as to where it would take place. In the end, Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium was decided as the location for what is being regarded as the biggest Australasian fight in combat sports history.

The stadium hosts 60,000 fans and was where Ronda Rousey headlined against Holly Holm for UFC 193 back in 2015. That event drew a UFC record 56,214 fans. However, White expects that record to be broken for UFC 243:

“I think we sell it out at 60,000,” White told reporters. “It’s going to be the biggest fight in Australian history, period. Any fight they’ve ever done there, this is going to be the biggest fight ever. This fight is global.

“When they did big fights in Australia, whether it was a boxing match or whatever, even if all of Australia was engaged, the rest of the world wasn’t. You have the Middle East, you got Europe, you have Canada, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, all these countries are going to be interested in this fight. I don’t think there’s ever been a fight since Kostya Tszyu or something, where there was a fight where the rest of the world was interested.”

A number of factors led to this fight happening, especially with Adesanya only debuting for the promotion last year. And for White, he feels nobody could have written a better script:

“If I was Vince McMahon writing scripts, you couldn’t write a better script than this,” White added. “You have the champion who’s from Australia, and then you have the interim champion – it just couldn’t be better.”

Do you think UFC 243 will boast the new UFC record attendance?

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