The UFC interim middleweight title will probably be up for grabs after this spring, and I will give my thoughts on the UFC’s most up-to-date title fight announcement in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Israel Adesanya vs. Kelvin Gastelum With UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker hurt, the UFC has made a decision to make an interim belt and it will be on the line at the main event at UFC 236, that can be set for April 13 at a yet-to-be-determined site. In the blue corner will be Israel Adesanya, fresh off his win over Anderson Silva at UFC 234, while at the red corner will be Kelvin Gastelum, that had his struggle against Whittaker removed in the last second the day of UFC 234.
The information of Adesanya vs. Gastelum was first reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. No place was declared, but rumors Twitter have the occasion pegged for Atlanta, Georgia, though that is far from confirmed at this time.
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Making an interim title will probably be controversial for some considering what happened last season with Colby Covington and Tony Ferguson winning handheld straps and not getting shots at the undisputed names, but it was a necessity due to Whittaker never fought since last July against Yoel Romero. The UFC needed to maintain the middleweight division moving along in his absence, therefore up to this author’s view is concerned, an interim title at 185lbs was certainly the correct choice by UFC president Dana White and co..
So far as the matchup goes, the Adesanya vs. Gasltelum struggle on paper seems like it’s the potential to be a tremendous fight. Adesanya (16-0) is coming off of a decision win over the legend Silva and general is 5-0 in the Octagon along with other notable victories over Brad Tavares and Derek Brunson. At age 29, Adesanya is smack dab into his prime and shows improvements virtually every time we see him struggle. Sure, the Silva struggle wasn’t his best performance, but he still got his hands raised, took no more damage in the process, and the win ended up making him a title shot. Gastelum (15-3, 1 NC) is currently 10-3, 1 NC complete in the UFC and he has a 4-1, 1 NC record as a middleweight. Gastelum is coming from back-to-back wins over Michael Bisping and Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza and in age 27 he’s correct in his prime as well. Both Adesanya and Gastelum are a couple of the very best middleweights on Earth right now, and contemplating the striking acumen of both men, this has got the capacity to be a firefight.
As far as the chances go, they haven’t been published yet, but I’d expect the offshore sportsbooks to give up something for the fight soon. If I had to guess, Adesanya will be the betting favorite, although Gastelum absolutely will be a live dog in this fight due to his knockout power. It’ll be interesting to find out what other fights will be added to UFC 236 at the coming weeks, however this interim name fight between Adesanya and Gastelum is a superb start to the card’s reservations.
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