Israel Adesanya Defeats Kelvin Gastelum In Instant Classic Middleweight War

Israel Adesanya well and truly elevated himself to another level entirely with an incredibly hard-fought victory over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236.

It’s often fights like these that end up proving exactly how great the legends of this sport are when they’re on their original run towards the top.

In the UFC 236 co-main event, Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum served up one of the best title-fights of all-time.

Honestly, it was that good.

Adesanya’s six UFC fights to date have seen him gather an increasing level of momentum with each win and now, just over a year removed from his UFC debut, he has finally given himself an undisputed shot at the divisional champion Robert Whittaker – who even himself was quick to praise both men on their showing.

The fight with was incredible for many reasons.

Mainly a kickboxing affair, both men came to the octagon with a point to prove and while each had their moments and each had to overcome their fair share of adversity, Israel slowly began to find his opponent’s timing as the fight went on.

The last minute or so of the matchup was as incredible a close as you’re likely to see all year.

Now crowned as the rightful next contender to the undisputed middleweight crown, one would have to assume that Stylebender will afford himself some well-deserved time off after an incredibly hectic opening 16 months in his UFC career.

When that middleweight unification bout does come, however, there is no doubt that it is going to be one of the most anticipated matchups of the year.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

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