UFC 234: Whittaker vs. Gastelum staff picks and predictions
The Bloody Elbow staff has made its own forecasts for UFC 234, also it’s a clean sweep for Robert Whittaker to defend his middleweight title by beating Kelvin Gastelum, while everybody is backing Israel Adesanya over Anderson Silva in the co-main event. In other words, congrats to Gastelum and Silva on their wins Saturday.
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Notice: Predictions are entered during the week and gathered the day before the event. Explanations behind each choice aren’t required and a few authors elect not to do this for their own reasons. By way of instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without adding in any excuses he has no idea if he’s going to be the only one siding with a single fighter for any given fight.
Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Anton Tabuena: Two former welterweights fighting for the middleweight belt. Will this convince people that extreme weight reduction really is not worth the trade off in performance? Probably not, but this ought to be an entertaining bout either way at the least. I think this will be closer than that which the odds say, but I think Whittaker is just marginally better just about anywhere, so he must take this. Robert Whittaker by decision.
Mookie Alexander: Gastelum has an opportunity . He’s got strong hands, insane durability — not that Whittaker’s durability is to be scoffed at by any means — and excellent cardio. However, he is not going to be able to take Whittaker down (or at least maintain him ), and Whittaker has way more depth to his offensive striking. His leg kicks in particular can slow Gastelum down, and now I think he cuts angles and combines his strike choice and targets more effectively than Kelvin. It is going to be a close battle through the opening few rounds but Whittaker will come on strong in the following rounds and get the win. Robert Whittaker by conclusion.
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