On Saturday night in UFC 234 in the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, Robert Whittaker will Shield his middleweight title against the fourth-ranked contender, Kelvin Gastelum.
In the co-main occasion, 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 activity in Melbourne, but there are a few heavyweight bets out there for fans of UFC betting to make, so let us get to it.
Whittaker-Gastelum UFC 234 Betting Analysis The main event on Saturday is that a cracker of a fight between two former Ultimate Fighter winners with similar strengths.
Whittaker’s run to the middleweight title was spearheaded by a dangerous, multi-layered game that was remarkable. Whittaker can press forward or counter tops, works in combination, 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 national championships only last year.
Unexpectedly, Gastelum came to MMA with a history in high school wrestling and has become an extremely 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 much more offensively than Whittaker, shooting takedowns at almost twice the speed of the UFC middleweight winner.
Whittaker-Gastelum Bets Bets
Though both guys can wrestle, both prefer striking contests and Whittaker in particular are going to have the ability to dictate where this fight takes place. This implies this should mostly be a striking contest and there, Whittaker gets the benefit.
Whittaker has more tools, works at a greater rate, 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, therefore it’s hard to believe Gastelum could do so.
Whittaker is a -265 favored per SugarHouse, and those odds feel spot on. However, Whittaker by decision is +200 in SugarHouse, and contemplating Whittaker is the heavy favorite and Gastelum has just been stopped once — and that was by submission, a skill we’ve yet to see from Whittaker — that is surely worth a wager.
UFC 234 Silva-Adesanya Betting Evaluation When Anderson Silva was on top of the MMA world, he always insisted that the fight he would like to have would be against his clone. Now that Silva is in the twilight of his career, he eventually gets his wish, or , the next best thing.
Israel Adesanya is the hottest prospect in MMA at this time, 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 prone to initiating offense rather than waiting to counterstrike.
Silva is the greatest striker in MMA history and at his best, he blurs the lines