Ultimate Fighting Championship announced 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 competition ) most recently had his struggle against middleweight champion Robert Whittaker cancelled at the last minute because of a hernia from Whittaker that required surgery. Whittaker is currently recovering from the harm and will return in the second half of 2019. Before his struggle cancellation, Gastelum earned a split decision over fellow leading contender Jacare Souza and knocked out former winner 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 at the UFC including current victories over contenders Brad Tavares and Derek Brunson in addition to former champion Anderson Silva less than two weeks back from the substitute primary 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 battle standing, he clearly has an edge together with his elite kickboxing background and striking skill-set. Gastelum has electricity on the toes and poses issues like a southpaw, but he is almost certainly needs to take this battle to the ground to acquire it. It’s easy to presume this is an excellent stylistic matchup for Adesanya, but maybe we’re underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has confronted a number of the best boxers in the world at middleweight as a undersized 185-pounder and has performed nicely. That being said, Adesanya is on a mad rise right now has a tremendous amount of support in the betting public so I’m going to open him as a -185 betting favorite 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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