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Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum have their sights set on the same target: a rematch with current Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight titleholder Israel Adesanya. First, they must deal with each other.
Whittaker and Gastelum will lock horns in the UFC on ESPN 22 headliner on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, as they attempt to draw the attention of the man who now calls the shots in the 185-pound weight class. Meanwhile, Jeremy Stephens seeks to put an end to a five-fight winless streak when he confronts Drakkar Klose in the lightweight co-main event.
UFC on ESPN “Whittaker vs. Gastelum”—which airs live on ESPN at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT—also features a heavyweight clash pairing Andrei Arlovski with Chase Sherman, a middleweight affair pitting Abdul Razak Alhassan against Jacob Malkoun and a lightweight encounter matching Luis Pena with Alex Munoz. ESPN carries the entire undercard at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, its six-fight slate of prelims anchored by a women’s flyweight battle between Tracy Cortez and Justine Kish.
A closer look at the UFC on ESPN 22 particulars:
THE LINEUP185: Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum
155: Drakkar Klose vs. Jeremy Stephens
265: Andrei Arlovski vs. Chase Sherman
185: Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Jacob Malkoun
155: Luis Pena vs. Alex Munoz
125: Tracy Cortez vs. Justine Kish
265: Alexander Romanov vs. Juan Espino
115: Jessica Penne vs. Lupita Godinez
185: Gerald Meerschaert vs. Bartosz Fabinski
155: Austin Hubbard vs. Dakota Bush
135: Tony Gravely vs. Anthony Birchak
THE RUNDOWN• Preview: The Main Card
• Preview: The Prelims
• Weigh-in Report
• By The Numbers: UFC on ESPN 22 Pre-Fight Edition
• By The Numbers: Whittaker vs. Gastelum
• 5 Defining Moments: Robert Whittaker
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