On Saturday night in UFC 234 in the Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne, Australia, Robert Whittaker will Shield his middleweight title against the fourth-ranked contender, Kelvin Gastelum.
In the co-main occasion, all-around amazing Anderson Silva takes on the new breed of fighter, striking phenom Israel Adesanya, at a bout with name implications at stake.
It is a night of middleweight action in Melbourne, however there are a few heavyweight bets out there for fans of UFC gambling to create, so let us get to it.
Whittaker-Gastelum UFC 234 Betting Evaluation The most important event on Saturday is a cracker of a fight between two former Ultimate Fighter champions with comparable strengths.
Whittaker’s run to the middleweight title was spearheaded by a harmful, multi-layered striking game. Whittaker can press forward or counter tops, works in combination, has knockout power in his punches and sharp leg kicks that he can set speed with.
“Bobby Knuckles” has also come to be an elite wrestler, winning the Australian championships just last year.
Conversely, Gastelum came to MMA with a background in high school wrestling and has become a highly dangerous striker. On the toes, Gastelum prefers a pressure-oriented design, where he could throw in combination and search for the knockout.
Gastelum also prefers to use his wrestling much more offensively than Whittaker, shooting takedowns at almost twice the rate of the UFC middleweight champion.
Whittaker-Gastelum Bets Bets
Though the two guys can wrestle, both prefer striking contests and Whittaker specifically are going to be able to dictate where this battle occurs. That means this should mostly be a striking contest and there, Whittaker gets the advantage.
Whittaker has more tools, works in a greater pace, and is excellent at fixing over time. On top of that, Yoel Romero did everything short of decapitate him in their final fight and was not able to stop Whittaker, so it’s difficult to believe Gastelum could do this.
Whittaker is a -265 favored per SugarHouse, and those odds feel spot on. However, Whittaker by decision is +200 at SugarHouse, and contemplating Whittaker is the heavy favorite and Gastelum has only been stopped once — which was by submission, a skill we’ve yet to watch from Whittaker — which is certainly worth a bet.
UFC 234 Silva-Adesanya Betting Analysis After Anderson Silva was on top of the MMA world, he always insisted that the fight he would like to have would be against his clone. Now that Silva is at the twilight of his career, he eventually gets his wish, or , the next best thing.
Israel Adesanya is the hottest prospect in MMA right now, having made his UFC debut just last year and racking up four notable victories with a stylish, violent striking match reminiscent of Silva’s prime.
Adesanya can do everything on the feet and unlike Silva, he’s also prone to initiating offense instead of solely waiting to counterstrike.
Silva is the greatest striker in MMA history and in his best, he blurs the lines
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