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 competition ) most recently had his fight 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 injury and will come back in the second half of 2019. Prior to his fight cancellation, Gastelum earned a split decision over fellow top contender Jacare Souza and pumped out former champion Michael Bisping.
Adesanya (16-0) has successfully transitioned from elite kickboxer to one of the best strikers in mixed martial arts. “The previous Stylebender” has gone 5-0 in the UFC including recent victories over contenders Brad Tavares and Derek Brunson in addition to former winner Anderson Silva less than two weeks ago in the replacement main 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 fight standing, he definitely has an edge with his elite kickboxing background and striking skill-set. Gastelum has power on the toes and poses issues like 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 maybe we’re underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has confronted a number of the greatest boxers in the world in middleweight as a undersized 185-pounder and has played well. That having been said, Adesanya is on a crazy rise now has an enormous quantity of support from the betting public so I’m going to open him as a -185 betting favorite with all 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
Read more: rainymonster.com