Ultimate Fighting Championship declared today that UFC 236 on April 13th will comprise an interim middleweight title fight between top 185 pound contenders Kelvin Gastelum and Israel Adesanya. Gastelum (15-3, 1 no contest) most recently had his struggle against middleweight champion Robert Whittaker cancelled at the last minute due to a hernia from Whittaker that necessitated surgery. Whittaker is currently recovering from the injury and will return in the second half of 2019. Before his struggle cancellation, Gastelum made a split decision over fellow top rival Jacare Souza and pumped out former winner Michael Bisping. Adesanya (16-0) has transitioned from elite kickboxer to one of the best strikers in mixed martial arts. “The Last Stylebender” has gone 5-0 in the UFC including current victories over contenders Brad Tavares and Derek Brunson as well as former winner Anderson Silva less than two weeks ago in the substitute primary event for UFC 234. Here’s what MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas had to say about the bout: “Stylistically, if Adesanya can keep this fight standing, he definitely has an edge with his elite kickboxing background and striking skill-set. Gastelum has power on the feet and presents problems like a southpaw, but he is almost certainly must take this battle to the ground to win it. It’s easy to assume that this is a great stylistic matchup for Adesanya, but maybe we are underestimating Gastelum here. Gastelum has confronted some of the best fighters on the planet at middleweight as a undersized 185-pounder and has played nicely. That having been said, Adesanya is on a crazy rise right now has an enormous quantity of support in the gambling public so I will open him as a -185 betting favored with all the comeback on Gastelum being +155.” Kalikas started the betting lines for Gastelum vs Adesanya minutes ago via Bet DSI —————————————————— UFC 236: Gastelum vs Adesanya April 13, 2019 Location: TBA Main Event — Interim Middleweight Title Kelvin Gastelum +155 Israel Adesanya -185 Read more: theboxinghype.com