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, in a bout with title implications at stake.
It’s a night of middleweight activity in Melbourne, but there are some heavyweight bets available for fans of UFC betting to create, so let’s get to it.
Whittaker-Gastelum UFC 234 Betting Evaluation 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 name was evidenced with a dangerous, multi-layered game that was remarkable. Whittaker can press ahead or counter, works in conjunction, has knockout power in his punches and sharp leg kicks that he can set pace with.
“Bobby Knuckles” has also come to be an elite wrestler, winning the Australian championships just last year.
Conversely, Gastelum came to MMA with a background in high school wrestling and has become an extremely dangerous striker. On the toes, Gastelum prefers a pressure-oriented design, where he can throw in conjunction and look for the knockout.
Gastelum also prefers to use his wrestling much more offensively than Whittaker, shooting takedowns at almost twice the rate of this UFC middleweight winner.
Whittaker-Gastelum Bets Bets
Though both guys 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 largely be a striking competition and there, Whittaker gets the benefit.
Whittaker has more tools, works in a greater rate, and is excellent at adjusting over time. In addition to that, Yoel Romero did everything short of decapitate him in their final fight and was unable to stop Whittaker, therefore it’s hard to believe Gastelum could do this.
Whittaker is a -265 favorite per SugarHouse, and those chances feel spot on. However, Whittaker by decision 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’ve yet to see from Whittaker — that is certainly worth a wager.
UFC 234 Silva-Adesanya Betting Evaluation After Anderson Silva was on top of the MMA world, he always insisted that the struggle he would most like to possess would be against his clone. Now that Silva is in the twilight of his career, he eventually 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 only last season and racking up four impressive 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 prone to initiating crime rather than waiting to counterstrike.
Silva is the greatest striker in MMA history and in his finest, he blurs the lines