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 contest) most recently had his fight against middleweight champion Robert Whittaker cancelled at the last minute because of a hernia from Whittaker that required surgery. Whittaker is presently recovering from the harm and will come back in the next half of 2019. Prior to his fight cancellation, Gastelum earned a split decision over fellow top contender Jacare Souza and knocked 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 Last 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 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 continue to keep this battle standing, he clearly has an edge together with his elite kickboxing background and striking skill-set. Gastelum has power on the toes and presents problems as a southpaw, but he is almost certainly must take this fight to the floor to win it. It’s easy to presume this is an excellent stylistic matchup for Adesanya, but maybe we are underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has confronted a number of the best fighters in the world in middleweight as a undersized 185-pounder and has performed well. That having been said, Adesanya is on a crazy rise right now has a tremendous amount of support in the gambling public so I will open him as a -185 betting favored with the comeback on Gastelum being +155.”
Kalikas started the 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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