Ultimate Fighting Championship declared today that UFC 236 on April 13th will feature 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 struggle against middleweight champion Robert Whittaker cancelled in the last minute due to a hernia from Whittaker that required surgery. Whittaker is presently recovering from the harm and will return in the next half of 2019. Before his struggle cancellation, Gastelum made a split decision over fellow leading rival Jacare Souza and pumped out former winner Michael Bisping.
Adesanya (16-0) has transitioned from elite kickboxer to one of the greatest strikers in mixed martial arts. “The previous Stylebender” has gone 5-0 in the UFC including current victories over contenders Brad Tavares and Derek Brunson in addition to former winner Anderson Silva less than two weeks back from the substitute primary event for UFC 234.
Here’s what MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas needed 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 electricity on the feet and poses issues like a southpaw, but he is almost certainly needs to take this fight to the ground to win it. It’s easy to presume this is a great stylistic matchup for Adesanya, but maybe we’re underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has confronted a number of the best boxers on the planet at middleweight as an undersized 185-pounder and has played nicely. That being said, Adesanya is on a mad rise right now has a tremendous quantity of support from the betting public so I’m going to open him as a -185 betting favored with 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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