UFC Fight Night Whittaker vs. Gastelum: Live updates and results

April was always going to be a defining month for the UFC’s middleweight division, although we’ve certainly encountered a few curveballs to get here.

Former champion Robert Whittaker (22-5) faces Kelvin Gastelum (17-6) on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. It’s a crucial main event at 185 pounds, and it comes just one week after Marvin Vettori, another contender in the division, defeated Kevin Holland in a five-round main event.

Originally, Vettori was supposed to face Darren Till last week and Whittaker was supposed to meet Paulo Costa, but Till dropped out of this mini middleweight tourney with a broken collarbone and Costa did the same due to illness. Nevertheless, the division’s next title contender was always going to emerge from this two-week stretch, and Saturday’s main event will go a long way in determining who it is.

In addition to the main event, lightweight veteran Jeremy Stephens returns to action for the first time in nearly a year against Drakkar Klose and Andrei Arlovski hopes to prove he still has what it takes as he faces Chase Sherman in his 35th UFC fight.

Still to come:

Middleweight: Robert Whittaker (23-5,13-3 UFC, -270) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (17-6 1 NC, 11-6 1 NC UFC, +220)
Lightweight: Jeremy Stephens (28-18 1 NC, 16-17 1 NC UFC, -120) vs. Drakkar Klose (11-2-1, 5-2 UFC, +100)
Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski (30-20 2 NC, 19-14 1 NC UFC, -115) vs. Chase Sherman (15-6, 3-5 UFC, -105)
Middleweight: Abdul Razak Alhassan (10-3, 4-3 UFC, -300) vs. Jacob Malkoun (4-1, 0-1 UFC, +240)
Lightweight: Luis Pena (8-3, 4-3 UFC, -160) vs. Alexander Muñoz (6-1, 0-1 UFC, +135)
Women’s flyweight: Tracy Cortez (8-1, 2-0 UFC, -280) vs. Justine Kish (7-3, 3-3 UFC, +230)
Heavyweight: Alexander Romanov (13-0, 2-0 UFC, -140) vs. Juan Espino (11-1, 2-0 UFC, +120)
Strawweight: Jessica Penne (12-6, 1-3 UFC, +230) vs. Lupita Godinez (5-0, 0-0 UFC, -280)
Middleweight: Gerald Meerschaert (31-14, 6-6 UFC, +110) vs. Bartosz Fabinski (15-4, 3-2 UFC, -130)
Lightweight: Austin Hubbard (12-5, 2-3 UFC, -190) vs. Dakota Bush (8-2, 0-0 UFC, +160)
Men’s bantamweight: Tony Gravely (20-6, 1-1 UFC, -330) vs. Anthony Birchak (16-7, 0-1 UFC, +260)

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