Robert Whitaker will face Calvin Gastelum at this weekend’s UFC event.
Whitaker was to face Paulo Costa, but Brazil had to withdraw from the fight due to illness and Gastelum intervened.
Robert Whitaker used Afrotra at the end of the week from Calvin Gastelum
Since losing to Israel Adesania in October 2019, Whitaker has defeated Darren Till and Jared Cannonier and are determined to win another world title soon.
Gastelum suffered a trio of losses before defeating Ian Hensich at UFC 258 in February.
He suffers a quick turn for this fight, but either could set up a title clash with Adesanya soon enough for the win.
Whittaker vs Gastelum: Start date and time
The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday 17 April and will be held at the UFC APEX Center in Las Vegas.
UK time will start at 11am with the main card starting at 1am on Sunday morning.
Whittaker vs Gastelum can be expected at about 3 pm.
Whittaker vs Gastelum: TV and Live Stream
The action will air on BT Sport 1 from 10:30 p.m.
It will be streamed live on the BT Sport website and app for customers.
EE Mobile customers will be able to do a three-month free trial of BT Sport by writing SPORT on 150. You can then cancel the test at any time.
The first prelims will be broadcast in the UFC Fight Pass and the US, with all prelims airing simultaneously on ABC and ESPN +.
Calvin Gastelum stepped in for Paulo Costa and will face Robert Whittaker this weekend.
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Robert Wittaker: “The work is done, the camp has been very good. I’m in good shape, and the idea of not having a fight on this date is just awful.
“I have to win my break, I have to earn money, I have to do my work. So I’m going there and I’m going to do it.”
“[Facing champion Israel Adesanya next is] Something that might be a possibility, but she has just fought, and who knows who she wants to fight next.
“I just don’t want to wait that long. I want to fight, I want to get better, I want to do my work (more money). I want to go in and work. And yes, I have a lot of baggage on it. I do not want to waste time. I hate him.
“There were not many options because there are so many middleweight divisions tied up and also those that just don’t make sense.
“So Gastelum was really the only one who was a potential prospect. I owe him a fight anyway, so it’s a good fight…”