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 Competition, Kelvin Gastelum.
In the co-main occasion, all-time great Anderson Silva takes on the new breed of fighter, striking phenom Israel Adesanya, in a bout with name implications at stake.
It is a night of middleweight activity in Melbourne, however there are some heavyweight bets available for fans of UFC betting to create, so let’s 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 champions with similar strengths.
Whittaker’s run to the middleweight title was spearheaded by a dangerous, multi-layered game that was remarkable. Whittaker can press ahead or counter tops, works in combination, has knockout power in his punches and sharp leg kicks he can set speed with.
“Bobby Knuckles” has also become an elite wrestler, winning the Australian championships only last year.
Conversely, Gastelum came into MMA using a background in high school wrestling, and it has come to be a highly dangerous striker. On the feet, Gastelum prefers a pressure-oriented style, where he could throw in combination and look for the knockout.
Gastelum also prefers to use his wrestling more offensively than Whittaker, shooting takedowns at almost twice the rate of this UFC middleweight champion.
Whittaker-Gastelum Bets Bets
Though both men can wrestle, both prefer striking contests and Whittaker specifically are going to be able to dictate where this fight takes place. That means this should mostly be a striking competition and there, Whittaker has the benefit.
Whittaker has additional tools, works in a greater pace, and is brilliant at adjusting over time. On top of this, Yoel Romero did everything short of decapitate him in their last fight and was not able to stop Whittaker, so it’s hard to think Gastelum could do so.
Whittaker is a -265 favorite per SugarHouse, and those chances believe spot on. However, Whittaker by choice is +200 in SugarHouse, and considering Whittaker is the heavy favorite and Gastelum has only been stopped once — and that was by submission, a skill we have yet to watch from Whittaker — which is surely worth a wager.
UFC 234 Silva-Adesanya Betting Evaluation After Anderson Silva was on top of the MMA world, he always insisted that the fight he would most like to have would be against his clone. Now that Silva is in the twilight of his career, he finally gets his wish, or , the next best thing.
Israel Adesanya is the hottest prospect in MMA right now, having made his UFC debut only last year and racking up four notable victories with a stylish, violent striking game reminiscent of Silva’s prime.
Adesanya can do everything on the toes and unlike Silva, he’s also 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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