Ultimate Fighting Championship announced 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 competition ) most recently had his struggle against middleweight champion Robert Whittaker cancelled at the last minute due to a hernia from Whittaker that necessitated surgery. Whittaker is currently recovering from the harm and will return in the second half of 2019. Prior to his struggle cancellation, Gastelum made a split decision over fellow top contender Jacare Souza and knocked out former winner Michael Bisping.
Adesanya (16-0) has successfully transitioned from elite kickboxer to among the best 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 as well as former winner Anderson Silva less than two weeks ago 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 edge together with his elite kickboxing history and striking skill-set. Gastelum has electricity on the toes and poses issues as a southpaw, but he’s almost certainly must take this battle to the ground to acquire it. It’s easy to presume this is an excellent stylistic matchup for Adesanya, but perhaps we are underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has faced some of the greatest boxers in the world at middleweight as a undersized 185-pounder and has performed nicely. That having been said, Adesanya is on a mad rise right now has an enormous quantity of support from the gambling public so I’m going to open him as a -185 betting favorite with the comeback on Gastelum being +155.”
Kalikas opened the lines for Gastelum vs Adesanya via Bet DSI
UFC 236: Gastelum vs Adesanya
April 13, 2019
Location: TBA
Main Event — Interim Middleweight Title
Kelvin Gastelum +155
Israel Adesanya -185

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