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 contest) most recently had his fight against middleweight champion Robert Whittaker cancelled in the last minute because of a hernia from Whittaker that required operation. Whittaker is currently recovering from the injury and will return in the next half of 2019. Before his fight cancellation, Gastelum made a split decision over fellow top contender Jacare Souza and pumped 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 recent victories over contenders Brad Tavares and Derek Brunson in addition to former champion Anderson Silva less than two weeks back from 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 fight standing, he definitely has an advantage with his elite kickboxing background and striking skill-set. Gastelum has power on the feet and poses issues as a southpaw, but he’s almost certainly needs to take this fight to the floor to acquire it. It’s easy to presume that this is an excellent stylistic matchup for Adesanya, but perhaps we’re underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has confronted a number of the best fighters in the world at middleweight as a undersized 185-pounder and has played nicely. That having been said, Adesanya is on a crazy rise now has a tremendous amount 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 lines for Gastelum vs Adesanya 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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