On Saturday night in UFC 234 in the Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne, Australia, Robert Whittaker will Shield his middleweight title against the fourth-ranked contender, Kelvin Gastelum.
From the co-main occasion, all-time great Anderson Silva takes on the new breed of fighter, striking phenom Israel Adesanya, at a bout with name implications at stake.
It is a night of middleweight action in Melbourne, but there are some heavyweight bets available for fans of UFC gambling 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 fight between two former Ultimate Fighter champions with comparable strengths.
Whittaker’s run to the middleweight title was evidenced with a dangerous, multi-layered striking game. 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 come to be an elite wrestler, winning the Australian championships only last year.
Unexpectedly, Gastelum came into MMA with a background in high school wrestling, and it has come to be a highly dangerous striker. On the toes, Gastelum prefers a pressure-oriented design, where he could 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 winner.
Whittaker-Gastelum Bets Bets
Though both men can wrestle, both prefer striking contests and Whittaker in particular will be able 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 at a greater pace, and is excellent at fixing over time. In addition to this, Yoel Romero did everything short of decapitate him in their last fight and was not able to stop Whittaker, therefore it is difficult to think Gastelum could do this.
Whittaker is a -265 favorite per SugarHouse, and those odds feel spot on. But, Whittaker by decision is +200 in SugarHouse, and considering Whittaker is the heavy favorite and Gastelum has just been stopped once — and that was by submission, a skill we have yet to watch from Whittaker — that is certainly worth a wager.
UFC 234 Silva-Adesanya Betting Evaluation When Anderson Silva was on top of the MMA world, he always insisted that the struggle he would like to possess would be against his clone. Now 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 year 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 prone to initiating offense instead of waiting to counterstrike.
Silva is the greatest striker in MMA history and at his best, he blurs the lines