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 competition ) most recently had his fight against middleweight champion Robert Whittaker cancelled at the last minute because of a hernia from Whittaker that necessitated operation. Whittaker is presently 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 top rival Jacare Souza and knocked out former champion Michael Bisping.
Adesanya (16-0) has successfully transitioned from elite kickboxer to among the greatest strikers in mixed martial arts. “The previous Stylebender” has gone 5-0 in the UFC including recent victories over contenders Brad Tavares and Derek Brunson as well as former champion Anderson Silva less than two weeks back from the replacement main event for UFC 234.
Here Is What MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas had to say about the bout:
“Stylistically, if Adesanya can keep this fight standing, he definitely has an edge with his elite kickboxing history and striking skill-set. Gastelum has electricity on the feet and presents problems as a southpaw, but he is almost certainly needs to take this fight to the ground to acquire it. It’s easy to assume this is an excellent stylistic matchup for Adesanya, but maybe we’re underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has faced a number of the greatest boxers on the planet at middleweight as an undersized 185-pounder and has played well. That being said, Adesanya is on a crazy rise right now has a tremendous quantity of support from the gambling public so I will open him as a -185 betting favored with all the comeback on Gastelum being +155.”
Kalikas started 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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