Robert Whittaker will take on Kelvin Gastelum in this weekend’s UFC event.
Whittaker was scheduled to face Paulo Costa but the Brazilian had to withdrew from the fight due to illness and Gastelum has stepped in.
Since his loss Israel Adesanya in October 2019, Whittaker has beaten Darren Till and Jared Cannonier and is determined to claim another world title shot soon.
Gastelum suffered a trio of defeats prior to his win over Ian Heinisch at UFC 258 in February.
He faces a quick turn around for this bout but a win for either could set up a title clash with Adesanya soon.
Whittaker vs Gastelum: Date and start time
The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 17 and is being held at the UFC APEX Center in Las Vegas.
The prelims will get going from 11pm UK time, with the main card starting at 1am on Sunday morning.
Whittaker vs Gastelum can be expected at around 3am.
Whittaker vs Gastelum: TV and live stream
The action will be shown on BT Sport 1 from 10:30pm.
It will be live streamed on BT Sport’s website and app for subscribers.
EE mobile customers will be able to get a FREE three-month trial of BT Sport by texting SPORT to 150. You can then cancel the trial at any time.
The early prelims will be shown on UFC’s Fight Pass and in the US, all prelim bouts will be simulcast on ABC and ESPN+.
Whittaker vs Gastelum: Fight card
- MAIN EVENT: Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum, Middleweight
- Jeremy Stephens vs. Drakkar Klose, Lightweight
- Andrei Arlovski vs. Chase Sherman, Heavyweight
- Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Jacob Malkoun, Middleweight
- Luis Pena vs. Alexander Munoz, Lightweight
- Ricardo Ramos vs. Bill Algeo, Bantamweight
- Tracy Cortez vs. Justine Kish, Women’s Flyweight
- Alexander Romanov vs. Juan Espino, Heavyweight
- Jessica Penne vs. Lupita Godinez, Women’s Strawweight
- Gerald Meerschaert vs. Bartosz Fabinski, Middleweight
- Zarah Fairn Dos Santos vs. Josiane Nunes, Women’s Bantamweight
- Tony Gravely vs. Anthony Birchak, Bantamweight
Whittaker vs Gastelum: What has been said?
Robert Whittaker: “The work’s been done, the camp’s been great. I’m fit, and the idea of not fighting on the date is just silly.
“I’ve got to earn my break, I’ve got to earn some money, I’ve got to do my job. So, I’m going to get in there and I’m gonna do that.
“[Facing champion Israel Adesanya next is] something that could have been a possibility, but he just fought, and who knows who he wants to fight next.
“I just don’t want to wait that long. I want to fight, I want to get better, I want to earn (money and) do my job. I want to get in there and work. And yeah, I’ve got a lot of things on. I don’t want to waste time waiting around. I hate that.
“There weren’t a lot of options because a lot of the middleweight division is tied up and also, the ones that aren’t tied up just don’t make sense.
“So, Gastelum really was the only one that was a potential possibility. I kind of owe a fight to him anyway, right? So, it’s a good fight…”