Kelvin Gastelum disappointed with Robert Whittaker’s UFC 243 performance

October 21, 2019 Tom Clark | Comments Off

In the latest UFC News, ‘The Last Stylebender’ Israel Adesanya knocked out Robert Whittaker in the second round of UFC Fight Night 243 to extend his undefeated streak in mixed martial arts and the Ultimate Fighting Championship and tt was reported that Kelvin Gastelum was not impressed with Robert Whittaker’s UFC Results against Israel Adesanya at UFC 243.

The former UFC middleweight champion was knocked out in the second round after being caught with a counter left hook, and Kelvin Gastelum believes he would have finished ‘The Reaper’ in similar fashion had Whittaker not pulled out of their headlining bout at UFC 234 back in February.

Speaking to MMA Fighting in a recent interview Kelvin Gastelum, who gave Israel Adesanya his toughest fight to date in a Fight of the Night classic at UFC 236, said Whittaker made a huge mistake in trying to target The Last Stylebender’s head from the get-go.

“I think it was rather disappointing the way that he performed,” Gastelum said in the interview to “The reason I say that is I feel like I was robbed of an opportunity, and for him to go out there and perform the way that he did, was rather disappointing for me. I think I would’ve dropped him like a sack of potatoes in February and he robbed me of that opportunity.”

“He didn’t look good,” Gastelum continued. “I think he tried to imitate or take some things from my fight, where he was lunging in and kind of moving in with his head. I just figured he tried to take some of the stuff from my fight and implement it, and it just didn’t end up going well. He didn’t have the right footwork, he didn’t have the right head movement, he didn’t have the right boxing approach, and it didn’t end up well for him.”

The American mixed martial artist has competed for the company since he won The Ultimate Fighter 17. As of August 19, 2019, he is ranked number four in the UFC middleweight division rankings. Gastelum was a state championship wrestler at Cibola High School in Yuma, AZ and attended North Idaho College for a year before deciding to compete in mixed martial arts (MMA) professionally. He worked as a bail bondsman prior to training MMA full-time. He had his first professional fight in Mexico on December 11, 2010, against Jose Sanchez. He won via submission due to punches in the second round. Following his debut, Gastelum fought in Mexico and Arizona and accumulated an undefeated professional record of 5–0. He finished every opponent he faced, with 2 TKOs and 3 submissions on his record.

Gastelum, who ultimately lost to Adesanya via unanimous decision, will look to come around with a win over former welterweight title challenger Darren Till at UFC 244. The highly anticipated pay-per-view, which features a headlining welterweight fight between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz, takes place later this year, Nov. 2 at Madison Square Garden, New York.