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Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today that UFC 236 on April 13th will feature 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 in the last minute due to a hernia from Whittaker that necessitated surgery. Whittaker is currently recovering from the injury and hopefully will return in the second half of 2019. Prior to his struggle cancellation, Gastelum made a split decision over fellow leading rival Jacare Souza and pumped out former winner Michael Bisping.
Adesanya (16-0) has transitioned from elite kickboxer to among the greatest strikers in mixed martial arts. « The previous Stylebender » has gone 5-0 at 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 replacement 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 advantage with his elite kickboxing history and striking skill-set. Gastelum has power on the feet and poses problems like a southpaw, but he’s almost certainly must take this fight to the ground to win it. It’s easy to presume this is an excellent stylistic matchup for Adesanya, but perhaps we are underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has faced a number of the best boxers in the world in middleweight as an undersized 185-pounder and has performed nicely. That having been said, Adesanya is on a mad rise now has a tremendous amount of support from the betting public so I will open him as a -185 betting favorite with 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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