Ultimate Fighting Championship declared 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 contest) most recently had his struggle against middleweight champion Robert Whittaker cancelled in the last minute due to a hernia from Whittaker that required operation. Whittaker is currently recovering from the injury and hopefully will return in the second half of 2019. Before his fight cancellation, Gastelum made a split decision over fellow leading contender Jacare Souza and pumped 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 at 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 needed to say about the bout:
“Stylistically, if Adesanya can continue to keep this battle standing, he clearly has an advantage with his elite kickboxing background and striking skill-set. Gastelum has power on the toes and presents issues like a southpaw, but he’s almost certainly needs to take this battle to the floor to win it. It’s easy to presume that this is an excellent stylistic matchup for Adesanya, but maybe we are underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has confronted a number of the greatest fighters in the world at middleweight as an undersized 185-pounder and has played nicely. That having been said, Adesanya is on a crazy rise now has an enormous quantity of support from the gambling public so I’m going to 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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