Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today that UFC 236 on April 13th will feature 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 fight against middleweight champion Robert Whittaker cancelled in the last minute due to a hernia from Whittaker that necessitated surgery. Whittaker is presently recovering from the injury and will come back in the second half of 2019. Prior to his struggle cancellation, Gastelum earned a split decision over fellow top contender Jacare Souza and knocked out former champion 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 replacement 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 definitely has an edge with his elite kickboxing background and striking skill-set. Gastelum has power on the feet and presents problems like a southpaw, but he is almost certainly needs to take this fight to the ground to acquire it. It’s easy to assume that this is an excellent stylistic matchup for Adesanya, but maybe we’re underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has faced a number of the best boxers in the world in middleweight as an undersized 185-pounder and has performed nicely. That having been said, Adesanya is on a crazy rise right now has an enormous quantity of support in the gambling 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 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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