MMA: Robert Whittaker smothers Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night

(REUTERS) – Robert Whittaker overwhelmed Kelvin Gastelum in every facet, cruising to a unanimous decision in their UFC middleweight main event Saturday (April 17) night in Las Vegas.

Whittaker stunned Gastelum in the first round en route to 50-45 wins across all cards.

Whittaker (23-5) more than doubled Gastelum (17-7) in total strikes, recorded four takedowns of the American and dominated control of the fight, over four minutes to just 26 seconds for Gastelum.

Whitaker has his sights set on a rematch with middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, who defeated Whittaker with a second-round TKO on October 2019 at UFC 243.

“I think we should talk, mate,” Whittaker said afterward. “I think it’s about time we crossed paths once again. I think I have some tricks he hasn’t seen yet.”

Earlier, Andrei Arlovski won a unanimous decision over Chase Sherman in their heavyweight bout. It was a tightly contested fight but Arlovski scored a 29-28 decision across all cards.

Arlovski, 42, made his UFC debut in 2000 and is third all-time in appearances (35).

Jacob Malkoun recorded a unanimous decision over Abdul Razak Alhassan in their middleweight contest. Malkoun took all three cards 30-27.

Tracy Cortez defeated Justine Kish in a split decision in their women’s flyweight bout. Cortez took two cards 29-28 and 30-27 while Kish took one card, 29-28.

Luis Pena also won a split decision over Alexander Munoz in their lightweight bout. Pena was the 29-28 winner on two cards but dropped one card by the same score.

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