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UFC 234: Whittaker vs. Gastelum staff picks and predictions

The Bloody Elbow staff has made its predictions for UFC 234, and it’s a clean sweep for Robert Whittaker to defend 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 during the week and gathered the day prior to the event. Explanations behind every choice are not required and some authors elect not to do this for their own reasons. By way of example, if Phil Mackenzie entered all of his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any explanations, he has no idea if he’s going to be the only one siding with a single fighter for any given fight.
Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Anton Tabuena: Two prior welterweights fighting for the middleweight belt. Will this convince individuals that intense weight reduction actually isn’t worth the trade off in performance? Probably not, but this ought to be a fun bout either way at the least. I think this will be even closer than what the odds state, but I think Whittaker is just slightly better just about everywhere, so he must take this. Robert Whittaker by decision.
Mookie Alexander: Gastelum has an opportunity . He’s got strong hands, insane durability — maybe not Whittaker’s durability is to be scoffed at by any means — and excellent cardio. However, he is not likely to have the ability to shoot Whittaker down (or at least hold him ), and Whittaker has far more depth to his attacking striking. His leg kicks specifically can slow Gastelum down, and I think he dismisses better angles and mixes up his attack choice and goals more efficiently than Kelvin. It’ll be a close battle through the opening couple of rounds but Whittaker will come on strong in the later rounds and get the win. Robert Whittaker by decision.

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