The UFC interim middleweight title will be up for grabs after this spring, and I’ll offer my thoughts on the UFC’s latest title fight announcement in the present MMA odds and ends.
Israel Adesanya vs. Kelvin Gastelum, UFC 236 With UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker hurt, the UFC has decided to make an interim belt and it will be on the line at the primary event at UFC 236, that is set for April 13 at a yet-to-be-determined location. In the blue corner will be Israel Adesanya, fresh off his win over Anderson Silva at UFC 234, while in the red corner will be Kelvin Gastelum, that had his fight against Whittaker taken away in the last minute the day of UFC 234.
The information of Adesanya vs. Gastelum was first reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. No location was declared, but rumors Twitter have the event pegged for Atlanta, Georgia, though that’s far from confirmed at this time.
Betting odds for your bout also were published here on MMAOddsBreaker.
Creating an interim title will be controversial for some considering what occurred last year with Colby Covington and Tony Ferguson winning interim belts and then not getting shots at the undisputed names, however it was a necessity because of Whittaker never fought since last July against Yoel Romero. The UFC needed to keep the middleweight division moving together in his absence, so up to this writer’s view is concerned, an interim name at 185lbs was absolutely the right decision by UFC president Dana White and co..
So far as the matchup goes, the Adesanya vs. Gasltelum fight on paper looks like it has the capability to be a tremendous fight. Adesanya (16-0) is coming from a decision win over the legend Silva and overall is 5-0 in the Octagon along with other notable victories over Brad Tavares and Derek Brunson. At age 29, Adesanya is smack dab in his prime and shows improvements virtually every time we see him struggle. Surethe Silva struggle was not his best performance, but he got his hands raised, took no more harm in the process, along with the triumph ended up earning him a title shot. Gastelum (15-3, 1 NC) is currently 10-3, 1 NC overall in the UFC and he’s got a 4-1, 1 NC record as a middleweight. Gastelum is coming off of back-to-back wins over Michael Bisping and Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza and at age 27 he’s correct in his prime also. Both Adesanya and Gastelum are two of the top middleweights on Earth right now, and contemplating the striking acumen of both guys, this has got the potential to be a firefight.
So far as the odds go, they have not been released yet, but I would anticipate the offshore sportsbooks to give something up for the fight shortly. If I had to guess, Adesanya will be the betting favorite, although Gastelum absolutely will be a live dog in this fight as a result of his knockout power. It will be interesting to see what other fights are going to be added to UFC 236 at the coming weeks, but this interim title fight between Adesanya and Gastelum is a superb beginning to the card’s reservations.
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