On Saturday night in UFC 234 at the Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne, Australia, Robert Whittaker will Shield his middleweight title against the fourth-ranked Competition, Kelvin Gastelum.
In the co-main event, all-time great Anderson Silva takes on the new breed of fighter, striking phenom Israel Adesanya, at a bout with title implications on the line.
It’s a night of middleweight action in Melbourne, but there are some heavyweight bets available for lovers of UFC betting to create, so let’s get into it.
Whittaker-Gastelum UFC 234 Betting Analysis The most important event on Saturday is a cracker of a struggle between two former Ultimate Fighter winners with similar strengths.
Whittaker’s run to the middleweight title was evidenced with a dangerous, multi-layered striking game. Whittaker can press ahead or counter, works in conjunction, has got 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 just last year.
Conversely, Gastelum came into MMA with a history in high school wrestling and has become a highly dangerous striker. On the feet, Gastelum prefers a pressure-oriented design, where he can throw in combination and search for the knockout.
Gastelum also prefers to use his wrestling more offensively than Whittaker, shooting for takedowns at almost twice the rate of the UFC middleweight champion.
Whittaker-Gastelum Bets Bets
Though the two guys can wrestle, both prefer striking contests and Whittaker specifically are going to be able to dictate where this fight occurs. That means this should mostly be a striking competition and there, Whittaker has the advantage.
Whittaker has additional tools, works at a greater rate, and is excellent at fixing over time. On top of this, Yoel Romero did everything short of decapitate him in their final fight and was not able to stop Whittaker, therefore it is difficult to think Gastelum could do this.
Whittaker is a -265 favored per SugarHouse, and those chances believe spot on. But, Whittaker by decision is +200 at SugarHouse, and contemplating Whittaker is the heavy favorite and Gastelum has only been stopped once — and that has been by submission, a skill we’ve yet to watch from Whittaker — which is certainly worth a wager.
UFC 234 Silva-Adesanya Betting Evaluation After Anderson Silva was along with the MMA world, he always insisted that the struggle he would most like to possess would be against his clone. Now 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 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’s also more prone to initiating crime rather than waiting to counterstrike.
Silva is the Best striker in MMA history and at his best, he blurs the lines
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