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 everybody is backing Israel Adesanya over Anderson Silva from the co-main event. In other words, congrats to Gastelum and Silva in their wins on Saturday.
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Note: Predictions are entered throughout the week and gathered the day prior to the event. Explanations behind each choice aren’t required and some writers opt not to do this for their own motives. 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 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 actually isn’t worth the trade off in performance? Likely not, but this ought to be a fun bout either way at least. I believe this is going to be closer than that which the chances say, but I believe Whittaker is just slightly better just about everywhere, so he should take this. Robert Whittaker by decision.
Mookie Alexander: Gastelum has an opportunity here. He has powerful hands, insane durability — maybe not that Whittaker’s durability is to be scoffed at by any means — and excellent cardio. But he is not likely to be able 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 cuts angles and mixes up his strike selection and goals more efficiently than Kelvin. It is going to be a close battle through the opening couple of rounds but Whittaker will come on strong at the later rounds and get the win. Robert Whittaker by conclusion.