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Robert Whittaker vs Kelvin Gastelum UFC Odds

Whittaker vs Gastelum UFC 234 Odds

UPDATE: Robert Whitaker has been ruled out for the Middleweight title fight with Kelvin Gastelum due to a hernia according to UFC.

The first Australian and New Zealand-born UFC champion is set to defend his middleweight title on his home soil as Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker faces Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia. This is the first official title defense for Whittaker and he is a -240 favorite with Gastelum coming back at +190.

For a full breakdown and picks for the main card check out my full UFC 234 preview.

Odds Analysis

Whittaker has been star-crossed recently – he tore a ligament in his left knee at UFC 213, had to pull out of UFC 221 with an illness and broke his hand at UFC 225. This stretch of bad luck has definitely hampered the hype behind the middleweight champ due to inactivity and people may be surprised to see him at -240. However, I think the line is right where it should be as The Reaper is riding a nine-fight winning streak, including eight in a row since moving from welterweight to middleweight in 2014.

Gastelum holds a two-fight winning streak of his own, knocking out Michael Bisping (ending his career) last November and earning a razor-thin split decision over Jacare Souza at UFC 224. The 27-year-old won The Ultimate Fighter season 17 as a middleweight but dropped down to welterweight when he joined the UFC. He moved back up to middleweight not long after having failed to make weight three times. In the middleweight division, he has a 4-1 record and a no contest with his TKO win over Vitor Belfort being overturned after he tested positive for marijuana.

Both fighters have great striking and can put together terrific combinations. Neither guy elects to take the fight to the ground that often and they both have just moderate knockout power. It’s going to be an interesting standup battle between two fighters who will have to utilize a lot of movement and capitalize on their opponent’s mistakes.  

Robert Whittaker vs Kelvin Gastelum Betting Odds
  • Robert Whittaker -240
  • Kelvin Gastelum +190
Odds as of February 8 at Bovada