For the primary time in his UFC profession, Israel Adesanya has opened as a betting underdog.
The newly topped UFC interim middleweight champion was slotted as a +160 betting underdog in opening traces launched Monday by on-line bookermaker BetOnline for a possible title unification bout towards UFC middleweight titleholder Robert Whittaker. Whittaker, who has held the belt since July 2017, opened as a wholesome -185 betting favourite for the long run contest, which can seemingly happen within the third or fourth quarter of 2019.
The hole between Adesanya and Whittaker has closed considerably on the time of this writing, with Adesanya now sitting as a +135 underdog and Whittaker as a -155 favourite.
It’s seemingly that Whittaker vs. Adesanya will happen someplace within the Oceania area on condition that each fighters reside and practice inside the space.
Adesanya (17-Zero) is unbeaten in six UFC contests since making his promotional debut in Feb. 2018. “The Final Stylebender” culminated his run with a scintillating victory over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236, which is already the frontrunner for 2019’s Battle of the 12 months. Adesanya additionally holds wins over legendary former champion Anderson Silva, plus middleweight contenders Derek Brunson and Brad Tavares.
Whittaker (20-Four) has not competed since successful a non-title rematch towards Yoel Romero in June 2018 through break up resolution after Romero did not make weight. Accidents and numerous unlucky maladies have derailed the middleweight champion since, nonetheless “The Reaper” nonetheless rides a nine-fight UFC win streak that features two victories over Romero, plus wins over Ronaldo Souza, Brunson, and Uriah Corridor.
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