Is anyone else as stoked for this fight as I am? I'm not nearly as much into MMA as I am into boxing, but there have been a handful of fights like Khabib vs. Conor, Gaethje vs. Poirier, and Holloway vs Aldo I that got me almost as hyped as I get for a big superfight in boxing. Whittaker vs Gastelum might be the most excited I've been for an MMA bout. At least, it's up there. This is a fight that is based entirely on its own competitive merits, with no need for for antics or trash talk. Despite his flabby appearance Gastelum is a phenomenal physical talent, particularly with his devastating hands and his cut throat offensive BJJ. Whittaker is sort of the MMA equivolent of Gene Tunney or Benny Leonard. I think in a decade or two, fans will look back at him as the prototype of what an ideal mma fighter without a dominant skillset in any one discipline would look like. Although he doesn't have debilitating power, his boxing is extremely intelligent, spiced up with kicks to the body, head, and legs. His grappling was good enough to shrug off the submission attempts of a multiple time Mundials/ADCC champion while stuffing takedowns from an Olympic silver medalist. It also has some X-Factors. Gastelum's discipline issues are public knowledge. Will the stature of a title fight elevate him to new levels of focus, or will he implode from the pressure? And what about the notoriously injury prone Whittaker? Can he make it to the fight healthy? Is his body compromised from two damaging wars with Yoel Romero and is he recovered from a terrifying case of staph in his gut (yike!)?