With no return date set for UFC champion Robert Whittaker, the rest of the middleweight division will continue to jockey for position in his absence.
This will be Souza’s second booking of 2018. In January, he needed less than a round to defeat Derek Brunson by TKO in the main event of UFC on FOX 27. It was the second time that “Jacare” finished Brunson with strikes. The 38-year-old Brazilian owns an 8-2 UFC record, with his only losses coming at the hands of Whittaker and potential No. 1 contender Yoel Romero.
Gastelum, 26, is 4-1 with one no-contest competing at 185 pounds. The Ultimate Fighter 17 winner bounced back from a loss to Chris Weidman in spectacular fashion, knocking out former middleweight champion Michael Bisping in 2:30 to close out UFC Shanghai last November.
See the updated UFC 224 card below:
Vitor Belfort vs. Lyoto Machida
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Kelvin Gastelum