Daily Debate results: Is Kelvin Gastelum the best option for UFC champ Robert Whittaker?

When it comes to UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, only one name seems to make sense for his next opponent.

Well, according to MMAjunkie readers and MMAjunkie Radio listeners who voted in our latest Daily Debate poll, anyway.

In this past Saturday’s UFC 225 pay-per-view headliner, Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) scored a split-decision victory over Yoel Romero (13-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) in a non-title bout (Romero missed weight) at Chicago’s United Center.

A broken hand will likely keep Whittaker out of action until late 2018 at the earliest, but once the 27-year-old New Zealand-born Australian does return to the cage, who should be his next opponent?

Moments before Whittaker emerged victorious on Saturday, top contender Kelvin Gastelum (15-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) met with the media and argued his case for why he deserves the next shot. And based on the poll results, fight fans agree (via Twitter):

“I haven’t been told I’m next in line, but I mean, who else would be in line?” Gastelum, who got 63 percent of the vote, pondered. “I mean, (Chris Weidman) – maybe?”

Ah, yes, Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC). He’s the wrench in this whole thing. The former champion, who got 21 percent of the vote, is just 1-3 in his past four fights. But the victory – which came in his most recent bout – was a third-round submission win over Gastelum in July 2017.

As for other options, a third fight with Romero is a possibility. However, Romero, who got 11 percent of the vote, is now 0-2 against Whittaker, and he missed weight for both fights.

Check out the video above as MMAjunkie Radio hosts “Gorgeous” George Garcia and Dan Tom discuss Whittaker’s options – and how Weidman could still nudge himself into the slot for the next title shot.

And for more on UFC 225, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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