UFC 234 fight card predictions -- Anderson Silva vs. Israel Adesanya: Expert picks, odds, lines
Check out who our experts see winning the middleweight title fight and Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva
Saturday night brings us the UFC 234 event in Melbourne, Australia, the first pay-per-view event for UFC in 2019. Unfortunately, the main event of the card that was to feature Robert Whittaker defending his middleweight title against Kelvin Gastelum was scrapped on very short notice, with the. Still, there's an incredible headliner set to take center stage on Saturday in its place.
The new main event is still a middleweight showdown that everyone has been looking forward to. Former middleweight champ Anderson Silva will battle one of the most dangerous strikers in the promotion right now, and someone a lot like him, Israel Adesanya. The bout will still only be contested for three rounds, and even though the title will not be up for grabs on Saturday, the new main event will still tell us a bit about the future of the division.
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Let's take a look at the complete fight card from Melbourne with the latest odds from Bovada.
UFC 234 fight card, odds
Israel Adesanya -650
Anderson Silva +425
Ricky Simon -125
Rani Yahya -105
Montana De La Rosa -260
Nadia Kassem +200
Jimmy Crute -140
Sam Alvey +110
Devonte Smith -260
Dong Hyung Ma +200
Shane Young -305
Austin Arnett +235
Kai Kara France -305
Raulian Paiva +235
|Kyung Ho Kang -400||Teruto Ishihara +300||Bantamweight|
|Lando Vannata -365||Marcos Rosa +275||Light heavyweight|
|Jalin Turner -260||Callan Potter +200||Lightweight|
|Jonathan Martinez -170||Wuliji Buren +140||Bantamweight|
With a big card on tap, our experts took a crack at picking each of the main card fights. Here are your pick makers: Brian Campbell (combat sports writer), Matthew Coca (producer), Michael Mormile (producer), Jack Crosby (editor) and Brandon Wise (editor).
UFC 234 predictions
|Adesanya vs. Silva||Adesanya||Adesanya||Adesanya||Adesanya||Adesanya|
|Simon vs. Yahya||Yahya||Yahya||Yahya||Simon||Yahya|
|De La Rosa vs. Kassem||De La Rosa||De La Rosa||Kassem||De La Rosa||De La Rosa|
|Crute vs. Alvey||Alvey||Crute||Crute||Alvey||Crute|
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Wise on why Adesanya will win: It almost seems to be set up too perfectly. 'The Last Stylebender' has everything is his favor heading into a co-main event against the former champion now at 43 years old. If there is a concern, it's that his flash and arrogance may not do him any favors against somebody he has modeled his style after in that Silva may know the precise moments to land his counter shots. But in a spot like this, tailor-made for his next-in-line status to be solidified, picking against Adesanya seems like a fool's errand. The younger, more athletic fighter will prove to be too much for the aging veteran, who is 1-4, 1 NC since 2013. Adesanya via TKO1.
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