Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today that UFC 236 on April 13th will comprise 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 struggle against middleweight champion Robert Whittaker cancelled in the last minute due to a hernia from Whittaker that required operation. Whittaker is presently recovering from the injury and will come back 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 champion Michael Bisping.
Adesanya (16-0) has transitioned from elite kickboxer to among the greatest strikers in mixed martial arts. “The Last 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 substitute primary 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 definitely has an edge together with his elite kickboxing history and striking skill-set. Gastelum has electricity on the toes and poses problems like a southpaw, but he is almost certainly needs to take this fight to the floor to win it. It’s easy to presume this is an excellent stylistic matchup for Adesanya, but perhaps we’re underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has confronted a number of the best boxers on the planet at middleweight as a undersized 185-pounder and has performed nicely. That having been said, Adesanya is on a mad rise now has an enormous amount of support from the gambling public so I’m going to open him as a -185 betting favored with the comeback on Gastelum being +155.”
Kalikas opened the 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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