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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 competition ) most recently had his fight against middleweight champion Robert Whittaker cancelled at the last minute because of a hernia from Whittaker that necessitated operation. Whittaker is currently recovering from the injury and hopefully will return in the next half of 2019. Before his struggle cancellation, Gastelum earned a split decision over fellow leading rival Jacare Souza and knocked out former winner Michael Bisping.
Adesanya (16-0) has transitioned from elite kickboxer to among the greatest strikers in mixed martial arts. “The Last Stylebender” has gone 5-0 at the UFC including current victories over contenders Brad Tavares and Derek Brunson as well as former champion Anderson Silva less than two weeks ago in the replacement main event for UFC 234.
Here’s what MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas had to say about the bout:
“Stylistically, if Adesanya can keep this fight standing, he clearly has an advantage together with his elite kickboxing history and striking skill-set. Gastelum has power on the toes and presents issues as a southpaw, but he’s almost certainly must take this fight to the floor to acquire it. It’s easy to presume that this is an excellent stylistic matchup for Adesanya, but perhaps we’re underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has faced a number of the greatest fighters on the planet at 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 favored 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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