Robert Whittaker used superior footwork and striking to come away with a unanimous decision victory over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Vegas 24 Saturday night.

A head kick by Whittaker (23-5-0) connected in the first round and put Gastelum (17-7-0, 1NC) on the defensive. The fight then moved to the ground with Whittaker in control.

Whittaker used more striking in the second round before Gastelum came back in the third round, giving back as much as he was taking but Whittaker stunned Gastelum late in the round.

It was pretty a striking display by Whittaker the rest of the way. The judges scored it 50-45, 50-45, and 50-45.

The win was Whittaker’s third in a row and keeps him in the title shot conversation. The short notice loss is now Gastelum’s fourth in his last five bouts.

Whittaker and Gastelum earned Fight of the Night while Gerald Meerschaert and Tony Gravely earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card. But here’s Uncle Dana to fire everyone up first.

In case you missed the prelims:

ALEXANDER ROMANOV DEF. JUAN ESPINO VIA SD (29-28, 28-29 29-28)

JESSICA PENNE VS LUPITA GODINEZ VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

GERALD MEERSCHAERT DEF. BARTOZ FABINKSI VIA TECH SUBMISSION (GUILLOTIE CHOKE) R1 2:00

AUSTIN HUBBARD DEF. DAKOTA BUSH VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

TONY GRAVELY DEF. ANTHONY BIRCHAK VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 1:31

MAIN CARD 

LUIS PENA VS. ALEXANDER MUNOZ 

WINNER: LUIS PENA VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEX MUNOZ VIA TKO

Andrews: Back and forth fight, but Pena dictated the fight and the power shots of Munoz weren’t enough. A lot of ring rust on Pena.

ABDUL RAZAK ALHASSAN VS. JACOB MALKOUN 

WINNER: JACOB MALKOUN VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ABDUL RAZAK ALHASSAN VIA TKO

Andrews: Disappointed in Alhassan he got taken down to the ground and wasn’t able to adjust. Good win for Malkoun.

ANDREI ARLOVSKI VS. CHASE SHERMAN

WINNER: ANDREI ARLOVSKI VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CHASE SHERMAN VIA TKO

Andrews: Disappointed in Sherman as he should have put 42 year old Arlovski away.

TRACY CORTEZ VS.  JUSTINE KISH 

WINNER: TRACY CORTEZ VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TRACY CORTEZ VIA UD

Andrews: Good performance by Cortez, but she did miss weight.

MAIN EVENT

#1 ROBERT WHITTAKER VS. #8 KELVIN GASTELUM

WINNER: ROBERT WHITTAKER VIA UD (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROBERT WHITTAKER VIA UD

Andrews: Whittaker just looked better with his superior striking and footwork. It’s a good time to fight Adesanya as he looks vulnerable now with the loss to Blachowicz.

The next event is UFC 261, which takes place Saturday April 24 in front of a sold-out live crowd in Jacksonville Florida at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena. Kamaru Usman defends the welterweight title against Jorge Masvidal in the main event.

@kenaiandrews