Who won Whittaker vs Gastelum?
Robert Whittaker beat Kelvin Gastelum by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest, during the main event of UFC Vegas 24, on Saturday 17th April 2021 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Robert Whittaker.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
Whittaker vs Gastelum stats
Robert Whittaker stepped into the ring with a record of 22 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, 9 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 5 by submission.
Kelvin Gastelum made his way to the ring with a record of 16 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, with 6 of those wins by knock out and 4 by submission.
The stats suggested Whittaker had a slight advantage in power over Gastelum, with a 41% knock out percentage over Gastelum's 38%.
Robert Whittaker was the older man by 1 year, at 30 years old.
Whittaker had a height advantage of 3 inches over Gastelum. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Whittaker was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 5 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 1 year and 8 months earlier than Gastelum, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He had fought 10 more professional rounds, 66 to Gastelum's 56.
Whittaker vs Gastelum form
Robert Whittaker had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Jared Cannonier on 24th October 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Previous to that, he had defeated Darren Till on 25th July 2020 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Israel Adesanya on 5th October 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, Australia.
Before that, he had beat Yoel Romero on 9th June 2018 by split decision in their 5 round contest at United Center, Chicago, United States.
He had won against Yoel Romero on 8th July 2017 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Kelvin Gastelum had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Ian Heinisch at UFC 258 on 13th February 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he Jack Hermansson at UFC Fight Island 2 on 18th July 2020 by submission in the 1st round at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Going into that contest, he Darren Till at UFC 244 on 2nd November 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
Before that, he Israel Adesanya at UFC 236 on 13th April 2019 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at State Farm Arena, Atlanta.
He had beat Ronaldo Souza at UFC 224 on 12th May 2018 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Kelvin Gastelum had been fighting more than Robert Whittaker.
Going to this contest, Robert Whittaker had last fought 6 months and 14 days ago, while Kelvin Gastelum's last outing had been 2 months and 25 days ago.
Whittaker's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years and 10 months, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 7 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 20 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4 rounds on average.
Gastelum's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 11 months and 26 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 6 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.