Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today that UFC 236 on April 13th will comprise an interim middleweight title fight between leading 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 at the last minute due to a hernia from Whittaker that necessitated surgery. Whittaker is currently recovering from the harm and hopefully will come back in the second half of 2019. Before his fight cancellation, Gastelum earned a split decision over fellow leading rival Jacare Souza and pumped out former champion Michael Bisping.
Adesanya (16-0) has transitioned from elite kickboxer to one of the greatest strikers in mixed martial arts. “The previous Stylebender” has gone 5-0 at the UFC including recent victories over contenders Brad Tavares and Derek Brunson in addition to former champion Anderson Silva less than two weeks ago in the replacement 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 battle standing, he definitely has an edge together with his elite kickboxing background and striking skill-set. Gastelum has power on the feet and presents issues like a southpaw, but he’s almost certainly needs to take this fight to the ground to win it. It’s easy to presume that this is a great stylistic matchup for Adesanya, but maybe we’re underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has faced a number of the best boxers on the planet in middleweight as an undersized 185-pounder and has performed well. That being said, Adesanya is on a crazy rise right now has an enormous amount of support in the betting public so I will open him as a -185 betting favorite 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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