UFC 234 is upon us. Kicking off on February 10 if you are in Australia and on February 9 if you are anywhere in North America, this event will be a fight for the middleweight title. Do drop in on the fight between Israel Adesanya vs Anderson Silva for a shot at a killer underdog opportunity
UFC 234: When, Where and What Time?
UFC is a fighting event where the number dictates the events, so in a word – there’ve been 233 editions so far. Each one has a flagship fight and UFC 234 will feature the talents of Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum as the main event.
The UFC 234 will take place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia on February 9 Australian time or February 10.
- February 10, 13:00 PST
- Rod Laver Arena
It’s the first UFC event in 2019, and Robert Whittaker, the defending middleweight champion & PlayChip ambassador, will be accepting a challenge from Kelvin Gastelum, for whom it’ll be a first attempt to compete for a title in his career.
There’ll be another noteworthy match though, featuring Anderson Silva vs. Israel Adesanya. Adesanya is a fairly new name in UFC, but he’s done well by himself, defeating an opponent after opponent.
Let’s have a look at the odds and history of these athletes.
Robert Whittaker (-250) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (+210)
Robert Whittaker is the defending champion in this match. He’s also the favorite, although by a slight margin. Whittaker is known for his durability in the ring, able to go on for quite a few rounds at a time.
At the same time, he’s posing an ever-present danger of knocking an opponent out, thanks to his well-developed technique. He’s a well-seasoned fighter and most certainly one of the best in the middleweight decision.
His current stats stand at the impressive 20-4 going in his favour. Since December 7, 2017, when he defeated the former middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Whittaker’s reign has been undisputed.
Gastelum, on the other hand, is his age, but hasn’t got the experience of his opponent. He comes close, though. With 15-4 games going his way, Gastelum is a known name in the UFC community and a committed athlete.
He’s definitely going to face some difficulties. For instance, Whittaker is playing right at home whereas Gastelum has to fly in. This is also a first title match for Gastelum, which might put extra pressure on him.
However, the big picture is that these two athletes are somewhat evenly matched.
Can Silva Stop Adesanya?
Israel Adesanya entered the UFC only in 2017, but he has defeated a string of opponents, putting himself in the spotlight and no mistake. Some of the athletes to yield before Adesanya include Derek Brunson and Brad Tavares.
Since he joined, Adesanya has gone undefeated, something that Silva, some hope, will fix. This is a perfect opportunity for underdog betting as well. Silva is priced at around +450, which means that if you commit $100, you will get a solid 4.5-fold return.
Adesanya is what might be his peak (or the beginning thereof) whereas Silva, who’s also a former middleweight champion, hasn’t fought since 2017. Still, if Silva manages to outlast his ambitious opponent, this might just fetch people a fair bit of profit.