UFC 234: Whittaker vs. Gastelum staff picks and predictions
The Bloody Elbow team has made its forecasts for UFC 234, and it is a clean sweep for Robert Whittaker to shield his middleweight title by beating Kelvin Gastelum, while everyone is backing Israel Adesanya over Anderson Silva in the co-main occasion. To put it differently, congrats to Gastelum and Silva in their wins on Saturday.
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Notice: Predictions are entered throughout the week and collected the day before the event. Explanations behind each choice are not required and a few writers elect not to do this for their own motives. For instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all of his predictions on Wednesday without adding in any excuses , he has no idea if he is going to be the only one siding with one fighter for any specific fight.
Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Anton Tabuena: Two prior welterweights fighting for the middleweight belt. Will this convince people that intense weight reduction actually isn’t worth the trade off in performance? Probably not, but this should be a fun bout either way at the least. I think this will be even closer than what the odds say, but I think Whittaker is just slightly better just about anywhere, so he must take this. Robert Whittaker by choice.
Mookie Alexander: Gastelum absolutely has a chance . He has strong hands, insane strength — maybe not Whittaker’s durability is to be scoffed at by any means — and superb cardio. But he is not likely to be able to shoot Whittaker down (or at least maintain him ), and Whittaker has way more depth to his attacking striking. His leg kicks in particular can slow Gastelum down, and I think he cuts better angles and mixes up his strike selection and targets more effectively than Kelvin. It’ll be a close battle through the opening couple of rounds however Whittaker will come on strong at the following rounds and get the win. Robert Whittaker by decision.
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