On Saturday night in UFC 234 in the Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne, Australia, Robert Whittaker will defend his middleweight title against the fourth-ranked contender, Kelvin Gastelum.
In the co-main occasion, all-around amazing Anderson Silva takes on the new breed of fighter, striking phenom Israel Adesanya, in a bout with name implications at stake.
It’s a night of middleweight action in Melbourne, however there are some heavyweight bets available for fans of UFC betting to make, so let us get to it.
Whittaker-Gastelum UFC 234 Betting Analysis The main event on Saturday is a cracker of a struggle between two former Ultimate Fighter winners with comparable strengths.
Whittaker’s run to the middleweight name was spearheaded by a harmful, multi-layered striking game. Whittaker can press ahead or counter tops, works in conjunction, has got power in his punches and sharp leg kicks he can set pace with.
“Bobby Knuckles” has also come to be an elite wrestler, winning the Australian championships only last year.
Conversely, Gastelum came to MMA with a background in high school wrestling, and it has become a highly dangerous striker. On the feet, Gastelum prefers a pressure-oriented style, where he could throw in conjunction and look for the knockout.
Gastelum also prefers to use his wrestling much more offensively than Whittaker, shooting for takedowns at nearly twice the speed of this UFC middleweight champion.
Whittaker-Gastelum Bets Bets
Though both men can wrestle, both favor striking contests and Whittaker specifically are going to have the ability to dictate where this battle takes place. That means this should mostly be a striking competition and there, Whittaker gets the advantage.
Whittaker has additional tools, works in a higher pace, and is brilliant at adjusting over time. On top of that, Yoel Romero did everything short of decapitate him in their last fight and was unable to stop Whittaker, so it is hard to think Gastelum could do this.
Whittaker is a -265 favored per SugarHouse, and those chances feel spot on. However, Whittaker by choice is +200 at SugarHouse, and considering Whittaker is the heavy favorite and Gastelum has only been stopped once — and that was by submission, a skill we’ve yet to see from Whittaker — which is certainly worth a bet.
UFC 234 Silva-Adesanya Betting Evaluation After Anderson Silva was along with the MMA world, he always insisted that the fight he’d most like to possess would be contrary to his clone. Now that Silva is in the twilight of his career, he finally gets his wish, or at least, the next best thing.
Israel Adesanya is the hottest prospect in MMA at this time, having made his UFC debut just last season and racking up four notable victories with a stylish, violent striking match reminiscent of Silva’s prime.
Adesanya can do everything on the feet and unlike Silva, he is also more prone to initiating crime rather than solely waiting to counterstrike.
Silva is the greatest striker in MMA history and in his best, he blurs the lines
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