UFC Middleweight Interim Title Set For UFC 236 on April 13th, 2019
Kelvin Gastelum will fight Israel Adesanya for the UFC Middleweight Interim Title on April 13th, 2019 at UFC 236. The fight comes following Middleweight Champ Robert Whittaker’s last minute withdrawal from his title fight with Gastelum after a hernia was found before the fight.
Whittaker will retain the title, and an Interim will be created. UFC President Dana White explained why the champion would not be stripped: “Listen, Rob Whittaker got hurt. His colon and intestine popped through his stomach, so I think we can give him a pass on not showing up to work.”
Adesanya, who was promoted to the main event against Anderson Silva following Whittaker’s withdrawal, was victorious in an exciting unanimous decision win over the former champion Silva.
Adesanya will enter as a -200 favorite over Gastelum who sits at +170 (www.bestfightodds.com).