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Kelvin Gastelum: “Robert Whittaker Could Be Completely Different Fighter After Yoel Romero Fights”

Kelvin Gastelum: “Robert Whittaker Could Be Completely Different Fighter After Yoel Romero Fights”

Kelvin Gastelum Believes Romero’s Strikes Might Leave Long-Term Consequences On Robert Whittaker

UFC Middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker, has had two very difficult matches versus one of the most explosive fighters in the division ever, Yoel Romero. After two extremely difficult main events of the evening at UFC 213 and UFC 225 and ten brutal rounds against one of the best punchers in the whole UFC, Kelvin Gastelum speculates there is no way damage isn’t taken.

In the last fight, Robert Whittaker broke his hand but won the fight despite it. However, the long-term damage might be a bigger problem, according to Kelvin Gastelum. Anything is possible. (via

“I don’t know if he’s going to be the same fighter after these fights,” Kelvin Gastelum told the MMA media at last week’s scrum. “These wars that he’s been in, it takes a toll on the body, so we’ll see how he comes out after this hand surgery.”

It happened to Conor McGregor after the loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr, so it doesn’t mean The Reaper is resistant. After all, he doesn’t carry a Kevlar helmet around his head.

Kelvin Gastelum agreed to be the coach at the next and maybe the final season of TUF (The Ultimate Fighter). Looks like this event is designed to keep Robert Whittaker in the headlines while his hand recovers.

For now, it is still unknown when should Kelvin Gastelum and Robert Whittaker cross their gloves. The Reaper should be medically fit in December, and it is believed his belt will be put on the line then. What do you think, is there a possibility Robert Whittaker might heal earlier? Do you really believe Kelvin Gastelum is right about long-term brain damage?

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