Ultimate Fighting Championship declared 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 harm and hopefully will come back in the next half of 2019. Before his fight cancellation, Gastelum earned a split decision over fellow leading contender Jacare Souza and knocked 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 in addition to former champion Anderson Silva less than two weeks ago from 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 history and striking skill-set. Gastelum has electricity on the toes and poses issues as a southpaw, but he is almost certainly needs to take this battle to the ground to acquire it. It’s easy to assume this is a great stylistic matchup for Adesanya, but maybe we’re underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has confronted a number of the greatest fighters on the planet in middleweight as a undersized 185-pounder and has performed well. That having been said, Adesanya is on a mad rise now has an enormous quantity of support in the betting public so I will open him as a -185 betting favorite with the comeback on Gastelum being +155.”
Kalikas opened the betting 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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