Ultimate Fighting Championship announced 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 contest) most recently had his fight against middleweight champion Robert Whittaker cancelled at the last minute due to a hernia from Whittaker that required operation. Whittaker is currently recovering from the injury and will come back in the second half of 2019. Before his fight cancellation, Gastelum made a split decision over fellow top rival Jacare Souza and pumped out former winner Michael Bisping.
Adesanya (16-0) has transitioned from elite kickboxer to one of the best strikers in mixed martial arts. “The Last 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 in the substitute primary event for UFC 234.
Here Is What MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas needed to say about the bout:
“Stylistically, if Adesanya can keep this battle standing, he definitely has an advantage with his elite kickboxing background and striking skill-set. Gastelum has power on the feet and poses problems as a southpaw, but he’s almost certainly must take this fight to the floor to acquire it. It’s easy to assume that this is a great stylistic matchup for Adesanya, but maybe we’re underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has faced some of the greatest boxers on the planet at middleweight as a undersized 185-pounder and has performed nicely. That being said, Adesanya is on a crazy rise right now has a tremendous amount of support from the betting public so I will 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
Location: TBA
Main Event — Interim Middleweight Title
Kelvin Gastelum +155
Israel Adesanya -185

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