Kelvin Gastelum will attempt to uphold his prediction of a first-round KO to usurp the UFC middleweight belt from Robert Whittaker. Gastelum recently stood by his prediction during the latest UFC news conference, while Whittaker remains quietly focused. Our preview for UFC 234 includes main card matchup breakdowns and predictions, along with a complete suite of odds for all the fights down under on February 9th.
UFC 234 Odds – Main Card
UFC 234 offers superb underdog opportunities across sports betting sites
prior to the run-up to the event, with Gastelum, Alvey and Kassem providing the best value on the main card. A total of five fight will be on the main card, with seven prelim matches on the UFC schedule
Middleweight - Main Event: Robert Whittaker -240 vs. Kelvin Gastelum +190
Gastelum enters this matchup as the more outwardly confident fighter, promising a first-round knockout to scoop the middleweight belt from Robert Whittaker. Smart money has shaded towards Kevin, moving the line from +205 to +190 on behalf of the underdog.
Kevin cedes a couple of inches on reach against Robert for striking purposes, but he’ll employ a bullish strategy to land damage from inside Whittaker’s comfort zone. A first-round KO is never a guarantee, but Kelvin offers good value as a top underdog for a straight up win.
Pick: Gastelum +190
Middleweight – Co-Main: Anderson Silva +425 vs. Israel Adesanya -650
Will Anderson Silva regain the magic that sustained a legendary career prior to his horrific injury? There’s always a chance that the Spider will pull a random, genius finisher out of his back pocket, but Israel is 14 years younger, undefeated at 15-0-0 and owns a 2.5-inch reach advantage over Silva. This will be a tough bout for the UFC legend.
Pick: Adesanya -650
Light Heavyweight: Jim Crute -135 vs. Sam Alvey +105
Alvey was TKO’ed for the first time in three years during his last outing in September, but the cagey striker will rebound with a strong performance over Jim Crute, who fights in front of a home crowd. In this case, since plenty of punters will place cash on Crute in Australia, the line for Alvey offers solid value because of his considerable experience in the octagon.
Pick: Alvey +105
Women’s Flyweight: Montana De La Rosa -260 vs. Nadia Kassem +200
Nadia Kassem will attempt to extend her undefeated streak to 5-0-0 against Montana De La Rosa, who’s listed as a solid favorite for this bout. Montana has greater experience, but Kassem will be fighting in front of a home crowd, which will provide a boost.
This will probably shake down into a classic striker versus grappler matchup, which tends to favor the submission artist as the fight wears on. Nadia has four first-round knockouts during her streak, making her a superb underdog at +200. Don’t expect another decision win for Kassem if she isn’t able to finish the bout quickly, especially with De La Rosa’s reach advantage.
Pick: Kassem +200
Bantamweight: Rani Yahya -105 vs. Ricky Simon -125
The closest matchup of the night will feature Rani and Ricky battling to climb the MMA ladder. Yahya’s a master grappler, who will aggressively pursue the ground game. If Simon can maintain a solid defensive posture and wait patiently for Rani to overextend, Ricky will have an opportunity to do some grounding and pounding.
Pick: Simon -125
UFC 234 – Preliminary Card Odds
The UFC schedule on February 9th will also feature a solid preliminary card, including multiple weight classes.
- Devonte Smith -260 vs. Dong Hyun Ma +200
- Teruto Ishihara +300 vs. Kyung Ho Kang -400
- Lando Vannata -400 vs. Marcos Rosa +300
- Wuliji Buren +140 vs. Jonathan Martinez -170
- Jalin Turner -260 vs. Callan Potter +200
- Shane Young -305 vs. Austin Arnett +235
- Kai-Kara France -305 vs. Raulian Paiva +235
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