UFC 234: Whittaker vs. Gastelum staff picks and predictions

The Bloody Elbow staff has made its own forecasts for UFC 234, and it is a clean sweep for Robert Whittaker to shield his middleweight title by beating Kelvin Gastelum, whilst everyone is backing Israel Adesanya over Anderson Silva in the co-main occasion. In other words, congrats to Gastelum and Silva in their wins on Saturday.
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Note: Predictions are entered during the week and gathered the day before the event. Explanations behind each choice are not required and a few writers opt to not do this for their own reasons. By way of example, if Phil Mackenzie entered all of his predictions on Wednesday without adding in any explanationshe has no idea if he’s likely to be the only one siding with a single fighter for any specific fight.
Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Anton Tabuena: 2 former welterweights fighting for the middleweight belt. Will this convince individuals that extreme weight reduction actually is not worth the trade off in performance? Probably not, but this should be an entertaining bout either way at the least. I believe this is going to be even closer than what the odds say, but I believe Whittaker is just slightly better just about everywhere, so he must take this. Robert Whittaker by choice.
Mookie Alexander: Gastelum has a chance here. He’s got strong hands, insane strength — maybe not Whittaker’s durability is to be scoffed at by any means — and superb cardio. But he’s not likely to have the ability to take 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 now I believe he cuts better angles and mixes up his strike selection and goals more efficiently than Kelvin. It is going to be a close fight through the opening few rounds however Whittaker will come on strong in the later rounds and get the win. Robert Whittaker by decision.

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