Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is all set to take on Kelvin Gastelum this weekend at UFC on ESPN 22 at the UFC’s Apex facility in Las Vegas.
Robert Whittaker was initially scheduled to fight Paulo Costa, but the Brazilian had to pull out of the fight following the lingering effects of Covid-19.
Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum were initially booked to fight at UFC 234 in February of 2019 at the Rod Lavar Arena in Melbourne in Australia. The fight had to be cancelled after Robert Whittaker pulled out the fight with a hernia and twisted bowl.
Kelvin Gastelum then fought Israel Adesanya at UFC 236 in one of the best fights of 2019 and lost via decision. Since then Kelvin went 2-1 in the UFC with his most recent win coming against Ian Heinisch at UFC 258 last month.
Whittaker lost his middleweight title to Israel Adesanya at UFC 243 and then went on to defeat Darren Till at UFC on ESPN 14 and then Jared Cannonier at UFC 254.
In the co-main event, Jeremy Stephens takes on the Drakkar Klose. This fight will take place at lightweight, as Jeremy Stephens decided to move up in weight class following a 0-4-1 run in his last five fights.
Significant Strikes Landed per Minute: 4.52
Significant Striking Accuracy: 40%
Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute: 3.44
Significant Strike Defence (the % of opponents strikes that did not land): 60%
Average Takedowns Landed per 15 minutes: 0.43
Takedown Accuracy: 27%
Takedown Defense (the % of opponents TD attempts that did not land): 84%
Average Submissions Attempted per 15 minutes: 0.0
Significant Strikes Landed per Minute: 3.64
Significant Striking Accuracy: 43%
Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute: 2.92
Significant Strike Defence (the % of opponents strikes that did not land): 59%
Average Takedowns Landed per 15 minutes: 1.22
Takedown Accuracy: 39%
Takedown Defense (the % of opponents TD attempts that did not land): 64%
Average Submissions Attempted per 15 minutes: 0.1
The MMA India Show brings you another series of “The Prediction”, where, I, Jay Rock, analyse the upcoming fight cards and giving my predictions, analysis, betting tips.
For the last fight card, I didn’t have a great day as I went 1-4 on picks, bringing my overall record to 103-47.
Check out my previous predictions here.
Middleweight: Robert Whittaker (1.33) vs Kelvin Gastelum (3.10)
Prediction: Robert Whittaker wins outright.
Lightweight: Drakkar Klose (2.00) vs Jeremy Stephens (1.80)
Prediction: The fight goes over 2.5 rounds (1.61)
Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski (1.80) vs Chase Sherman (2.00)
Prediction: Andrei Arlovski wins outright
Middleweight: Abdul Razzak Al Hassan (1.30) vs Jacob Malkoum (3.50)
Prediction: Abdul Razzak Al Hassan wins outright.
Lightweight: Luis Pena (1.66) vs Alex Munoz (2.20)
Prediction: Alex Munhoz defeats Luis Pena