Andrew Wilson |  Wed 06/02/2019 - 16:28 EST

UFC 234 Odds and Predictions

UFC 234 Odds and Predictions
The second biggest event on the 2019 UFC schedule gets going this weekend as Melbourne plays host to UFC 234.

The second big event on the 2019 UFC schedule gets going this weekend as Melbourne plays host to UFC 234. The event is focusing on Middleweights, with the two last fights of the night featuring some of the biggest names in the weight class. While the Middleweight title fight between Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum is sure to draw plenty of eyes, when UFC news broke of Anderson Silva returning to the ring, the excitement for UFC 234 has grown.

If you you are thinking of betting, check out these tips.

UFC 234 Facts

  • Robert Whittaker won nine straight fights

  • Gastelum 3-1-0 (with an NC) since returning to Middleweight

  • Anderson Silva 11 knockouts, one behind Vitor Belfort for most in UFC history

  • Last two UFC PPVs in Australia saw one NC and one massive underdog win in title fights

Main Event: Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum

The main event at UFC 234 is between Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum for the Middleweight Championship. Current champion, Robert Whittaker has the advantage in height and reach, in this fight and needs to use that to his advantage against the wide-bodied Gastelum.

Whittaker, who fights out of New Zealand and Australia, could receive a boost from the home crowd. In his UFC career, Whittaker has fought five times in Australia (including twice in Melbourne), owning a perfect 5-0 record. Add in Whittaker’s quickness, and Whittaker should win this match if he can avoid going to the ground with Gastelum.

Pick: Robert Whittaker (245) to Win

 

Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva

There is another Middleweight fight drawing plenty of attention at UFC 234. Anderson Silva returns to the Octagon for the first time in two years to face sixth-ranked middleweight Israel Adesanya. The 43-year-old Silva is a moderate underdog against Adesanya.

In Silva’s illustrious UFC career, he has success against the fighting style Adesanya uses (any style more dependent on striking than grappling and wrestling). However, this is not the Silva who owns the longest title reign in UFC history (16 successful title defences from 2006 to 2013). Silva has been out of the game for two years (with injuries, suspensions and cancelled fights all playing a part in his absence). In that time Adesanya is 4-0 as a UFC fighter, including a “Performance of the Night” at UFC 221 (which was also in Australia). Expect Adesanya to have another strong performance at UFC 234 to build his case for a shot at the Middleweight Championship.

Pick: Israel Adesanya (-525) to Win

 

Rani Yahya vs. Ricky Simon

UFC odds have the fight between Rani Yahya and Ricky Simon as the closest of the night. This fight is only the fourth for Ricky Simon in his UFC career. However, he has impressed in his first three, and a win at UFC 234 could put him on the shortlist for a Bantamweight title fight.

Simon will have his hands full with UFC veteran Rani Yahya. Yahya is 11-3-0 (with one NC) in his UFC career. While Simon is a skillful fighter, in eight years with the UFC, he has yet to establish himself as a star in the Octagon. In a close fight like this one, Simon’s potential in the division could motivate the rising star (or help sway some judges in a close fight).

Pick: Rick Simon (-140) to Win

 

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