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 contest) most recently had his fight against middleweight champion Robert Whittaker cancelled at the last minute due to a hernia from Whittaker that necessitated surgery. Whittaker is presently recovering from the harm and will come back in the next half of 2019. Prior to his fight cancellation, Gastelum made a split decision over fellow top contender Jacare Souza and pumped out former winner Michael Bisping.
Adesanya (16-0) has successfully transitioned from elite kickboxer to among the best strikers in mixed martial arts. „The Last Stylebender“ has gone 5-0 at the UFC including recent victories over contenders Brad Tavares and Derek Brunson in addition to former winner Anderson Silva less than two weeks ago from the replacement primary 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 history and striking skill-set. Gastelum has power on the feet and poses problems as a southpaw, but he is almost certainly needs to take this battle to the floor to win it. It’s easy to assume this is a great stylistic matchup for Adesanya, but perhaps we are underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has confronted a number of the best boxers in the world in middleweight as an undersized 185-pounder and has played nicely. That having been said, Adesanya is on a mad rise now has a tremendous quantity of support from the betting public so I will open him as a -185 betting favored with all the comeback on Gastelum being +155.“
Kalikas opened the 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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