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 contest) most recently had his struggle against middleweight champion Robert Whittaker cancelled in the last minute because of a hernia from Whittaker that necessitated surgery. Whittaker is currently recovering from the injury and will come back in the second half of 2019. Prior to his fight cancellation, Gastelum earned a split decision over fellow leading contender Jacare Souza and pumped out former winner Michael Bisping.
Adesanya (16-0) has 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 in addition to former champion Anderson Silva less than two weeks back from the substitute main event for UFC 234.
Here’s what MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas had to say about the bout:
“Stylistically, if Adesanya can continue to keep this fight standing, he clearly has an advantage with his elite kickboxing history and striking skill-set. Gastelum has power on the feet and presents problems as a southpaw, but he is almost certainly must take this battle to the floor to win it. It’s easy to presume that this is a great stylistic matchup for Adesanya, but perhaps we’re underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has confronted a number of the best fighters on the planet in middleweight as an undersized 185-pounder and has performed well. That having been said, Adesanya is on a mad rise right now has a tremendous quantity of support in the betting 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 minutes 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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