Ultimate Fighting Championship declared 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 struggle against middleweight champion Robert Whittaker cancelled at the last minute due to a hernia from Whittaker that required operation. Whittaker is currently recovering from the harm and hopefully will return in the next half of 2019. Prior to his fight cancellation, Gastelum earned a split decision over fellow leading rival Jacare Souza and pumped out former winner Michael Bisping.
Adesanya (16-0) has successfully transitioned from elite kickboxer to one of the greatest strikers in mixed martial arts. «The previous Stylebender» has gone 5-0 at the UFC including recent victories over contenders Brad Tavares and Derek Brunson in addition to former champion Anderson Silva less than two weeks ago 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 keep this fight standing, he clearly has an advantage with his elite kickboxing background and striking skill-set. Gastelum has power on the feet and presents problems as a southpaw, but he is almost certainly needs to take this fight to the ground to acquire it. It’s easy to presume that this is an excellent stylistic matchup for Adesanya, but maybe we’re underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has faced some of the greatest fighters in the world in middleweight as a undersized 185-pounder and has performed well. That being said, Adesanya is on a mad rise right now has a tremendous amount of support from the gambling public so I will open him as a -185 betting favored with 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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