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 struggle against middleweight champion Robert Whittaker cancelled at the last minute because of a hernia from Whittaker that required surgery. Whittaker is currently recovering from the harm and will come back in the second half of 2019. Before his fight cancellation, Gastelum earned a split decision over fellow top rival Jacare Souza and knocked out former champion Michael Bisping.
Adesanya (16-0) has transitioned from elite kickboxer to one of the greatest strikers in mixed martial arts. “The previous Stylebender” has gone 5-0 in the UFC including current victories over contenders Brad Tavares and Derek Brunson in addition to former champion Anderson Silva less than two weeks ago from 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 battle standing, he clearly has an advantage together with his elite kickboxing background and striking skill-set. Gastelum has power on the toes and poses problems as a southpaw, but he is almost certainly must take this fight to the ground to win 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 some of the best fighters on the planet in middleweight as an undersized 185-pounder and has performed nicely. That being said, Adesanya is on a crazy rise now has a tremendous quantity of support from the betting public so I’m going to open him as a -185 betting favorite with all the comeback on Gastelum being +155.”
Kalikas started the lines for Gastelum vs Adesanya moments ago 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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