At UFC 236, Israel Adesanys defeated Kelvin Gastelum to become the interim UFC middleweight champion. That victory sets up a title unification showdown with reigning champion Robert Whittaker. The Australian spoke out to ESPN about Adesanya’s win and while much of it was the typical kind of banter between divisional rivals, he did make some claims about what he’ll be able to do in his bout with Adesanya based on what he saw from Gastelum. Is he right? Yes, he is. Adesanya, however, will also make adjustments between now and then. Forecasting what the fight might hinge on or look like is a helpful exercise.
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