Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum – Preview & Matchup Analysis

Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum – Preview & Matchup Analysis

UFC on ESPN 22: Whittaker vs. Gastleum is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. In one of the matchups on the fight card, Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker will take on Kelvin Gastelum in the Middleweight Bout. You can view the full UFC on ESPN 22 card.

In this post, we will break down Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum matchup. Let’s take look at the fighter’s ages, their height, records, reach, fight stats and more below ⤵

The 30-year-old, Robert Whittaker is coming in with a 23-5-0 record. Whittaker will be fighting for the first time since a win via unanimous decision against Jared Cannonier at UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje in October.

Gastelum, meanwhile, is coming off a unanimous decision win against Ian Heinisch on October 24, 2020 at UFC 258: Usman vs. Burns and holds a 17-6-0 (1 NC) record.

Robert Whittakervs.Kelvin Gastelum
30
Age
29
6′ 0″
Height
5′ 9″
185 lbs.
Weight
185 lbs.
73″
Reach
71″
23-5-0
Record
17-6-0 (1 NC)
Orthodox
Stance
Southpaw

Robert Whittaker has an orthodox fighting stance with a 73″ reach. The 29-year-old, Kelvin Gastelum is an southpaw fighter with a 71″ reach. An orthodox fighter stands with their left side forward and jabs with their left hand, the southpaw fighter is the opposite, southpaw stands with their right side forward and jabs with their right hand. In most cases, orthodox fighters are right-handed, if you are left-handed, then you fight southpaw.

Robert Whittaker:
→ Whittaker’s striking accuracy is 40%.
→ Whittaker lands 4.52 significant strikes per minute.
→ Whittaker’s takedown accuracy is 27%.
→ Whittaker’s takedown average is 0.43 per 15 minutes.
→ Whittaker’s takedown defense is 84%.

Whittaker comes in with 40% striking accuracy, typically landing about 4.52 significant strikes every minute. On the other side, Gastelum fires at 43% accuracy, landing about 3.64 significant strikes per minute. Robert Whittaker also has a 27% takedown accuracy and on average gets around 0.43 takedowns every 15 minutes, compared to Gastelum’s 1.22 takedowns and 64% takedown accuracy.

Kelvin Gastelum:
→ Gastelum’s striking accuracy is 43%.
→ Gastelum lands 3.64 significant strikes per minute.
→ Gastelum’s takedown accuracy is 39%.
→ Gastelum’s takedown average is 1.22 per 15 minutes.
→ Gastelum’s takedown defense is 64%.

Kelvin spent on average 12:18 minutes in the Octagon and Robert has an average fight time of 13:04 minutes.

This looks like an interesting matchup, at least on paper. UFC on ESPN 22 is live in , who do you think will win, Robert or Kelvin? Sound off in the comments.

Event Name
UFC on ESPN 22: Whittaker vs. Gastleum
Date
April 17, 2021
Location
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Matchup
Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum

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