So far as name goes, UFC 234 might be a two-fight show, however what a couple of headlining fights they truly have been.
Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker competes in his own Australian stomping grounds on Saturday if he goes to his first official name defense against Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC 2 3 4. When we last saw Whittaker, he was living five more rounds against Yoel Romero
In the co-main celebration, Israel Adesanya looks to capitalize on a 4-0 2018 campaign and startoff his 20-19 season having a statement make an impression on MMA legend Anderson Silva. “the final Stylebender” has been saying all the correct things by that which confronting Silva way to him how he’s prepared to rip the torch from Silva’s grasp, however he could be headed towards disappointment if Silva could turn back the clock and placed to a vintage performance.
Additionally on the main card, Ricky Simon continues his rise up the bantamweight rankings when he combats Rani Yahya, Montana De La Rosa faces Australia’s Nadia Kassem in a flyweight bout, along with 22-year-old light heavyweight possibility Jim Crute fights short-notice replacement Sam Alvey.
What’s UFC 234
Where: Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia
When: Saturday, Feb. 9. The three-fight UFC Fight Pass first card card begins at 6:30 p.m. ET, the four-fight ESPN preliminary card begins at 8 p.m. ET, and the five-fight pay per view major card begins at 10 p.m. ET.
Michael Bisping, Vitor Belfort, also Chris Weidman all felt Gastelum’s electricity, with Bisping and Belfort neglecting to create it out of their initial round and Weidman getting rocked before managing to write himself and publish Gastelum.
Against the fence, Gastelum will be in a position to prevent Whittaker from starting up, however keeping him trapped there’s just another challenge altogether. Search to avoid being smothered and retain the actions primarily where he could take his period picking and feinting Gastelum.
Gastelum has never been knocked out though it will be Whittaker that has his hand increased after five rounds, and that should remain true at UFC 2 3 4.
This ’s no slight. In his losses to Chris Weidmanhe confronted a thirsty challenger in his prime who was simply a matchup nightmare for Silva (and that’s perhaps maybe not even mentioning his regrettable leg fracture within their next struggle ). He conquered Nick Diaz in a five-round fight that has essentially been erased out of the novels due to them both failing drug evaluations. He was outworked by Michael Bisping, however looked to knock on “The Count” out cold at the center of the fight to have Bisping stored by the bell. He was completely seated by Daniel Cormier after agreeing to resist the near future heavyweight champion with less than 48 hrs to organize. And he escaped with a narrow decision win against Derek Brunson within his final excursion.
Most that is to state that Silva continues to be the one which is much better than his recent consequences could imply and a high tech fighter.
Silva isn’t even a fast starter, therefore it won’t even be surprising to visit the dancing is led by Adesanya early on. The concern is whether Silva can reach the top rated rates that he used to. We know Adesanya can and when he senses the jealousy or weakness on Silva’s a part, he’ll pounce.
Had this fight happened in Silva’s prime, and it would have been a call to make. Since it is, youth will be served and Adesanya will grab a knockout win.
I like Yahya to locate a entry even though he starts too slow also allows Simon to take the initiative, then he’ll lose on the cards.
Montana De La Rosa better get prepared for boos because she’s definitely going to take the job girl.
De La Rosa, taller, longer, and has a couple of advantages. A cursory glance at their stats might get this to appear to be a classic grappler vs. striker matchup, but De La Rosa revealed in her win within Rachael Ostovich that she’s comfortable striking from distance and Kassem was aggressive from her back with entry efforts en route to defeating Alex Chambers.
If this be contested chiefly on the foot, then it will be difficult for Kassem to acquire an power taken against the De La Rosa. On the ground, De La Rosa done against better competition than Kassem has faced and shows she’s a finisher that was reckless. That experience will make a big difference.
De La Rosa by entry in two.
Jim Crute has all of the makings of a fan favorite fighter using his attitude and a well rounded skill collection. Sam Alvey has no problem managing fighters that look to push the pace and always finds a way to slow things down (sporadically to the chagrin of those in attendance). His left hand is a continuing threat and Crute might need to be careful of it when he doesn’t even WISh to watch his 0 go.
This really is some of the fights where fighter is going to have reveal that he can adapt as he does, when Alvey fights as safe and to mature fast. Crute did a great job of out-grappling that the submission-minded Paul Craig and he should really be comfortable mucking up things with Alvey if need be.
Alvey is tricky to finish, but I visit Crute getting the higher of this clinch job to earn a convincing decision win and with the edge in the stand up.