Ultimate Fighting Championship declared 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 at the last minute because of a hernia from Whittaker that necessitated operation. Whittaker is currently recovering from the harm and hopefully will come back in the second half of 2019. Before his fight cancellation, Gastelum made 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 among the greatest 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 winner Anderson Silva less than two weeks ago in the replacement main event for UFC 234.
Here Is What MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas had to say about the bout:
“Stylistically, if Adesanya can continue to keep this fight standing, he definitely has an edge together with his elite kickboxing background and striking skill-set. Gastelum has electricity on the toes and presents issues as a southpaw, but he is almost certainly must take this fight to the floor to win it. It’s easy to assume that this is a great stylistic matchup for Adesanya, but perhaps we’re underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has faced some of the best boxers in the world at middleweight as a undersized 185-pounder and has performed nicely. That having been said, Adesanya is on a mad rise right now has a tremendous amount of support from the betting public so I’m going to open him as a -185 betting favored with the comeback on Gastelum being +155.”
Kalikas opened the betting 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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