The Bloody Elbow staff has made its own predictions for UFC 234, also it’s a clean sweep for Robert Whittaker to defend his middleweight title by beating Kelvin Gastelum, whilst everybody is backing Israel Adesanya over Anderson Silva in the co-main event. To put it differently, congrats to Gastelum and Silva on their wins Saturday.
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Note: Predictions are entered during the week and collected the day before the event. Explanations behind every pick are not required and a few authors elect to not do so for their own reasons. For example, if Phil Mackenzie entered all of his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any explanationshe 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: 2 former welterweights fighting for the middleweight belt. Will this convince individuals that intense weight cutting actually is not worth the trade off in performance? Probably not, but this should be an entertaining bout either way at the least. I believe this will be even closer than what the odds say, but I believe Whittaker is just slightly better just about everywhere, so he must take this. Robert Whittaker by choice.
Mookie Alexander: Gastelum absolutely has an opportunity . He has powerful hands, insane strength — maybe not Whittaker’s durability is to be scoffed at by any means — and excellent cardio. However, he’s not likely to have the ability to take Whittaker down (or at least hold him there), and Whittaker has far more depth to his attacking striking. His leg kicks specifically can slow Gastelum down, and now I think he cuts better angles and combines his attack choice and goals more effectively than Kelvin. It’ll be a close battle through the opening few rounds however Whittaker will come on strong in the following rounds and get the win. Robert Whittaker by unanimous conclusion.
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