Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today that UFC 236 on April 13th will comprise an interim middleweight title fight between top 185 pound contenders Kelvin Gastelum and Israel Adesanya.
Gastelum (15-3, 1 no competition ) most recently had his fight against middleweight champion Robert Whittaker cancelled in the last minute due to a hernia from Whittaker that required surgery. Whittaker is presently recovering from the harm and hopefully will return in the next half of 2019. Before his fight cancellation, Gastelum earned a split decision over fellow top contender Jacare Souza and knocked out former winner Michael Bisping.
Adesanya (16-0) has successfully transitioned from elite kickboxer to among the best strikers in mixed martial arts. “The previous Stylebender” has gone 5-0 in the UFC including current victories over contenders Brad Tavares and Derek Brunson as well as former champion Anderson Silva less than two weeks ago in the substitute primary event for UFC 234.
Here Is What MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas needed to say about the bout:
“Stylistically, if Adesanya can continue to keep this battle standing, he clearly has an edge together with his elite kickboxing background and striking skill-set. Gastelum has power on the toes and poses issues as a southpaw, but he is almost certainly must take this fight to the ground to win it. It’s easy to presume this is an excellent stylistic matchup for Adesanya, but perhaps we’re underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has confronted a number of the greatest boxers on the planet in middleweight as a undersized 185-pounder and has played nicely. That having been said, Adesanya is on a mad rise right now has a tremendous amount of support in the gambling public so I will open him as a -185 betting favored with the comeback on Gastelum being +155.”
Kalikas started the lines for Gastelum vs Adesanya moments ago via Bet DSI
UFC 236: Gastelum vs Adesanya
April 13, 2019
Main Event — Interim Middleweight Title
Kelvin Gastelum +155
Israel Adesanya -185
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