A long awaited UFC showdown culminates live on ESPN as Australia’s Robert Whittaker faces fellow Middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Sunday.
The blockbuster UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Gastelum card begins at 9am AEST with the UFC Fight Night Prelims, before the Main Card follows at 12pm AEST on ESPN2.
#1 ranked Middleweight Whittaker is eyeing another shot at current UFC champion Israel Adesanya and victory over Kelvin Gastelum could provide the Aussie his shot at redemption.
Whittaker was originally scheduled to face #2 Middeweight Paulo Costa at the event, however the Brazilian was forced to withdrawal due to illness.
Gastelum promptly stepped in to replace Costa, handing the American a chance to complete some unfinished business against Whittaker.
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The pair were set to fight in Australia in 2019, but ironically, it was Whittaker who was forced to withdraw on the eve of the event.
Whittaker and Gastelum have previously gone head to head as coaches of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters, and fate has now drawn the pair back together.
Both Whittaker and Gastelum have previously fallen victim to reigning UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in the Octagon.
With the champion making an unsuccessful move to Light Heavyweight, Sunday’s winner could be next in line for a crack at the current Middleweight king.
Also on Sunday’s main card is a Lightweight showdown between Jeremy Stephens and Drakkar Klose.
Plus former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski and Chase Sherman meet in the heavyweight division.
As always, ESPN Australia New Zealand will ensure UFC fans are primed for Sunday’s action.
ESPN SportsCenter host Phil Murphy brings all the latest news and insight from Las Vegas on SC: UFC Fight Camp in the lead up to UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Gastelum.
UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Gastelum
Saturday April 17
4pm AEST, SC: UFC Fight Camp, ESPN
Sunday April 18
6am AEST, UFC Unleashed: Whittaker vs Souza, ESPN2
7am AEST, SC: UFC Fight Camp, ESPN2
8am AEST, UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Gastelum Pre Show, ESPN2
9am AEST, UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Gastelum Prelims, ESPN2
12pm AEST, UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Gastelum Main Card, ESPN2
3pm AEST, UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Gastelum Post-Show, ESPN2
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