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UFC 234: Robert Whittaker defends against Kelvin Gastelum

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The UFC confirmed that middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (20-4-0) will defend his crown against fellow TUF 28 coaching alum Kelvin Gastelum (15-3-0, 1NC) in the main event of Melbourne’s UFC 234.

This will be Whittaker’s first official title defence since split-decisioning a Yoel Romero who missed weight at UFC 225 in June. Nonetheless, the 27 year old is enjoying a nine fight win streak and will be fighting close to his home country of New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Gastelum, 27, rebounded from a loss to Chris Weidman with a KO win over Michael Bisping and a split-decision win over Ronaldo Souza at UFC 224.

UFC 234 is scheduled for Feb. 10, 2019 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

More bouts are expected to be announced.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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