Tonight the Rod Laver arena in Melbourne, Australia becomes the battleground of civil unrest. Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker the New Zealand-born Australian fighter will defend his UFC Middleweight Title against the American Kelvin Gastelum.
Whittaker comes in at 20-4 while Gastelum holds a record of 15-3. While both weighed in at 185 lbs The Reaper stands 6 feet tall with a stunning 73.5 inch reach. The 5’9″ Gastelum concedes 2″ in reach and will need to avoid a blistering jab from Whittaker. Both men are coming off a win in their last fights. Gastelum survived a split decision win over Jacare Souza while Whittaker secured a solid win over Yoel Romero.
This MSB writer likes Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker for the win
The Semi Main Event seems to be drawing all the buzz in this one and understandably so. Anderson “The Spider” Silva once considered the best pound for pound fighter in mixed martial arts faces a near mirror image of his younger self in undefeated Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya, The 43 year old Silva gives up 2″ inches in height and 2.5″ in reach to the 29 year old Nigerian Nightmare. Silva the former UFC Middleweight Champion once held the title for 2,457 days and now finds himself a huge underdog to Adesanya. With a pro record of 34-8 “The Spider” will lean on experience while at 15-0 “The Last Stylebender” will use his speed and stamina to try and out strike a legend at his own game.
My pick for this fight is Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya
Other match ups on the Main Card include
Jim Crute vs Sam Alvey
Montana De La Rosa vs Nadia Kassem
Rani Yahya vs Ricky Simon
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