UFC 234: Whittaker vs. Gastelum staff picks and predictions

The Bloody Elbow team has made its predictions for UFC 234, also it’s a clean sweep for Robert Whittaker to shield his middleweight title by beating Kelvin Gastelum, whilst everyone is backing Israel Adesanya over Anderson Silva from the co-main event. To put it differently, congrats to Gastelum and Silva on their wins on Saturday.
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Note: Predictions are entered during the week and collected the day prior to the event. Explanations behind each pick aren’t required and a few writers elect not to do this for their own reasons. For instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all of his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any explanations, he has no idea if he is likely to be the only one siding with a single fighter for any given fight.
Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Anton Tabuena: 2 prior welterweights fighting for the middleweight belt. Will this convince people that extreme weight reduction actually isn’t worth the trade off in operation? Likely not, but this ought to be a fun bout either way at the least. I think this will be closer than what the chances say, but I believe Whittaker is just slightly better just about everywhere, so he must take this. Robert Whittaker by decision.
Mookie Alexander: Gastelum absolutely has a chance here. He’s got strong hands, insane strength — maybe not that Whittaker’s durability is to be scoffed at by any means — and superb cardio. However, he is not likely to be able to take Whittaker down (or at least maintain him there), and Whittaker has way more depth to his attacking striking. His leg kicks specifically can slow Gastelum down, and now I believe he cuts angles and mixes up his strike choice and targets more efficiently than Kelvin. It’ll be a close fight through the opening couple of rounds but Whittaker will come on strong at the later rounds and get the win. Robert Whittaker by decision.

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