The Bloody Elbow team has made its own forecasts for UFC 234, also it is a clean sweep for Robert Whittaker to defend his middleweight title by beating Kelvin Gastelum, while everyone is backing Israel Adesanya over Anderson Silva from the co-main event. In other words, congrats to Gastelum and Silva on their wins on Saturday.
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Note: Predictions are entered during the week and collected the day before the event. Explanations behind each choice aren’t required and some authors opt not to do this for their own reasons. For instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any explanationshe has no idea if he’s going to be the only one siding with one fighter for any specific fight.
Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Anton Tabuena: 2 prior welterweights fighting for the middleweight belt. Will this convince individuals that extreme weight cutting really isn’t worth the trade off in performance? Probably not, but this ought to be an entertaining bout either way at least. I think this will be closer than that which the chances state, but I think Whittaker is just marginally better just about everywhere, so he must take this. Robert Whittaker by choice.
Mookie Alexander: Gastelum absolutely has a chance . He’s got powerful hands, insane strength — not that Whittaker’s durability is to be scoffed at by any means — and excellent cardio. But he is not likely to have the ability to take Whittaker down (or at least maintain him ), and Whittaker has far more depth to his attacking striking. His leg kicks specifically can slow Gastelum down, and I think he cuts angles and mixes up his strike selection and goals more efficiently than Kelvin. It’ll be a close fight through the opening couple of rounds however Whittaker will come on strong at the later rounds and get the win. Robert Whittaker by conclusion.
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