On Saturday night at UFC 234 in the Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne, Australia, Robert Whittaker will Shield his middleweight title against the fourth-ranked Competition, Kelvin Gastelum.
From the co-main occasion, all-around amazing Anderson Silva takes on the new breed of fighter, striking phenom Israel Adesanya, at a bout with title implications at stake.
It is a night of middleweight action in Melbourne, however there are some heavyweight bets out there for lovers of UFC betting to make, so let us get to it.
Whittaker-Gastelum UFC 234 Betting Evaluation The main event on Saturday is that a cracker of a struggle between two former Ultimate Fighter champions with comparable strengths.
Whittaker’s run to the middleweight title was evidenced with a harmful, multi-layered striking game. Whittaker can press ahead or counter, works in conjunction, has knockout power in his punches and sharp leg kicks that he can set speed with.
“Bobby Knuckles” has also become an elite wrestler, winning the Australian championships only last year.
Conversely, Gastelum came to MMA using a history in high school wrestling and has become a highly dangerous striker. On the toes, Gastelum prefers a pressure-oriented style, where he can throw in combination and look for the knockout.
Gastelum also prefers to use his wrestling much more offensively than Whittaker, shooting takedowns at almost twice the speed of the UFC middleweight champion.
Whittaker-Gastelum Bets Bets
Though the two 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 largely be a striking contest and there, Whittaker gets the advantage.
Whittaker has more tools, works in a higher rate, and is brilliant at fixing over time. On top of that, Yoel Romero did everything short of decapitate him in their last fight and was not able to stop Whittaker, therefore it’s difficult to think Gastelum could do this.
Whittaker is a -265 favored per SugarHouse, and those odds believe spot on. However, Whittaker by decision is +200 in SugarHouse, and considering Whittaker is the heavy favorite and Gastelum has just been stopped once — which has been by submission, a skill we have yet to watch from Whittaker — that is surely worth a bet.
UFC 234 Silva-Adesanya Betting Analysis When Anderson Silva was along with the MMA world, he always insisted that the fight he would like to have would be against his clone. Now Silva is at the twilight of his career, he eventually gets his wish, or , the next best thing.
Israel Adesanya is the hottest prospect in MMA right now, having made his UFC debut just last season 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 more prone to initiating offense rather than waiting to counterstrike.
Silva is the greatest striker in MMA history and at his finest, he blurs the lines
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