UFC 234: Whittaker vs. Gastelum staff picks and predictions

The Bloody Elbow staff has made its own forecasts for UFC 234, also it’s a clean sweep for Robert Whittaker to shield his middleweight title by beating Kelvin Gastelum, while everybody is backing Israel Adesanya over Anderson Silva in the co-main occasion. In other words, congrats to Gastelum and Silva on their wins Saturday.
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Notice: Predictions are entered throughout the week and gathered the day before the event. Explanations behind each pick are not required and a few authors elect not to do this for their own reasons. For instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any excuses , he has no idea if he’s going to be the only one siding with a single fighter for any given fight.
Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Anton Tabuena: Two prior welterweights fighting for the middleweight belt. Will this convince people that extreme weight cutting actually isn’t worth the trade off in performance? Likely not, but this should be a fun bout either way at the least. I believe this is going to be even closer than that which the chances say, but I believe Whittaker is just slightly better just about anywhere, so he should take this. Robert Whittaker by decision.
Mookie Alexander: Gastelum absolutely has an opportunity here. He has powerful hands, insane durability — maybe not Whittaker’s durability is to be scoffed at by any means — and excellent cardio. However, he’s not likely to be able to shoot Whittaker down (or at least maintain him there), and Whittaker has far more depth to his offensive striking. His leg kicks in particular can slow Gastelum down, and now I think he dismisses better angles and combines his strike selection and goals more efficiently than Kelvin. It’ll be a close battle through the opening few rounds but Whittaker will come on strong at the later rounds and get the win. Robert Whittaker by unanimous conclusion.

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