It was announced earlier during the broadcast for TUF 27 Finale that UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will defend his title against Kelvin Gastelum later this year with the venue yet to be determined.
Whittaker, who last defeated Yoel Romero at UFC 225 in a non-title fight rematch, will look to officially defend his 185-pound title for the very first time. Following the fight, Robert had a surgery on his broken right hand and according to ESPN, it was successful.
Gastelum (15-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) knocked out ex-champ Michael Bisping and outpointed Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza to get into title contention. Ex-champion Chris Weidman also was in the running, but it was Gastelum who won out.
“I feel like I was the most deserving, and surely enough (UFC President) Dana (White) always talks about guys that fight, guys that step up and fight should be rewarded,” Gastelum said.” I felt like I was definitely that guy and blessed. I’m ready to do this. I’m ready to take it.”
UFC didn’t announce the date for the fight as they want to see how Robert Whittaker’s hands heal.