Ufc 234 live stream: Diggin’ Deep on UFC 234: Whittaker vs. Gastelum – Main card preview. Underrated champ Robert Whittaker knows Kelvin Gastelum has nothing to lose in UFC 234 clashIsrael Adesanya believe it’s in UFC’s ‘best interest’ he becomes champion.
- 1 Israel Adesanya believe it’s in UFC’s ‘best interest’ he becomes champion News.
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- 3 Underrated champ Robert Whittaker knows Kelvin Gastelum has nothing to lose in UFC 234 clash
Israel Adesanya believe it’s in UFC’s ‘best interest’ he becomes champion News.
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Adesanya’s coming out party of sorts was at UFC 230 when he steamrolled through Derek Brunson by winning by TKO in the first round. It was a masterful performance and showed Adesanya was here to stay. Now, at UFC 234 live stream Adesanya gets to fight the former champion, Anderson Silva. With a win, there is no question, Adesanya will be getting the next title shot.
When he does get a title shot, he knows the UFC wants him to be the champion.
“I don’t know about rather, but for the company, it’s in their best interest if I was the champion,” Adesanya told Submission Radio. “Because I play the game well, I know how to do all this sh*t. And I know that with the belt comes extra responsibility, so I’ll be able to take on those roles, and with my management team as well, like, work out what we need to do with the UFC to play ball. So yeah, I wouldn’t say they’re hoping, I think for the best interest of the company it’d be in their best interest to have me as champion to move the whole sport forward better.
“Not just in this part of the world but all over the world. I’m Mr. worldwide, I’ve been all over the world. I’m able to connect with so many different people from all walks of life. And Rob, he’s a great champion. He’s the darkhorse of all champions. He’s the most underrated champion in UFC history because he doesn’t play the game as well as I can. And I’m talking fighting, I’m talking everything around it. But you have to realize, this all comes with it when it comes to prizefighting.”
If Robert Whittaker and Adesanya both win, it sets themselves up for an Australian vs New Zealand title fight promo. Ultimately, according to Adesanya that is the UFC’s goal and they want him to win.
Diggin’ Deep on UFC 234 live stream: Whittaker vs. Gastelum – Main card preview News.
Get the scoop on the early main card action of UFC 234 live stream, featuring grappling expert Rani Yahya looking to continue his winning ways against up-and-coming Ricky Simon.
Typically, the third match on a PPV main card sees a pair of combatants fans are not only familiar with, but glad to see. For instance, the last PPV card saw former interim champion Carlos Condit square off with former TUF winner Michael Chiesa. Prior to that at UFC 231, Gunnar Nelson and Alex Oliveira did the damn thing. So what are we getting for UFC 234? Rani Yahya and Ricky Simon. Yeah…
While I’m a fan of Yahya – I enjoy rooting for someone about as athletically gifted as I am – even I don’t want to see him on a PPV main card. I said it in the previous two previews, I’ll say it again here: UFC 234 live stream is the worst PPV card top to bottom in recent memory. If injuries had rocked the card, I wouldn’t be as harsh. To be honest, the lone injury to the main card brought in a more established name when Sam Alvey stepped in for Ryan Spann. Whether you think Alvey is an upgrade or not is up to you to decide, I only said he’s a more established name. I will end up watching the PPV – it is part of my job after all – but I wouldn’t fault you if you decided there wasn’t enough depth to justify spending your own hard-earned cash.
The main card of UFC 234 begins at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT on Saturday.
Rani Yahya (26-9, 1 NC) vs. Ricky Simon (14-1), Bantamweight
Perhaps the most underappreciated member of the UFC roster, Yahya comes into this contest a winner in seven of his last eight contests. For the longest time, the complaint was that the grappling expert – and I do mean expert – tends to control his victims on the way to a boring decision. However, in that winning stretch, Yahya has collected a submission in five of those seven wins, including each of his last three. His dogged wrestling and anaconda-like control isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing, but the results can’t be argued with, especially given Yahya may be the worst athlete on the UFC roster.
Simon isn’t an exceptional athlete himself, but he is far superior in that department than Yahya. Very physically strong, Simon relies heavily on his wrestling pedigree, securing a total of nine takedowns in his two UFC contests. His striking arsenal has been limited to heavy hooks with the occasional low kick for good measure. Simon has a good gas tank, but one of the things that holds him back is he isn’t always wise with how to expend his energy, often continuing to dig for a takedown that isn’t there. But hey, being active is better than doing nothing.
This is a difficult contest to pick. Throughout his recent winning stretch, Yahya has been fortunate to avoid powerhouse wrestlers like Simon, the prototype fighter that Yahya has struggled with. I do have pause to pick Simon as he tends to put himself into bad grappling positions, but I’m going with my gut on this one and say Simon’s activity wears out Yahya for a hard-fought decision. Simon via decision
Montana De La Rosa (9-4) vs. Nadia Kassem (5-0), Women’s Flyweight
For all the eye-rolling in the direction of Kassem – she’s highly undisciplined and lacking in technique – it does need to be said that she has the physical attributes to become something special. There’s no way in hell she would have been able to win her debut against Alex Chambers if it wasn’t true as she is incredibly raw. She does hit hard and tends to swarm, but she also faded down the stretch as it was the first time she had a fight go past 90 seconds. Regardless, she has shown flashes of becoming a sound combination striker as opposed to just a brawler.
A lot of people overlooked De La Rosa when she was being used as fodder against the likes of Cynthia Calvillo and Mackenzie Dern a few years ago, but the 23-year old has some real promise. She has a solid frame for flyweight, operating behind a jab, though her defense still leaves a lot to be desired. Regardless, she is at her best when the fight hits the mat with seven of her nine wins coming via submission, largely alternating between armbars and RNCs. Though she was a high school All-American wrestler, De La Rosa’s takedown game has yet to surface, coming up short on all six of her recorded takedown attempts thus far.
Even if De La Rosa’s wrestling has underwhelmed thus far, expect it to emerge here. Kassem struggled to stop Chambers from getting her to the ground and De La Rosa is far better than Chambers at taking the fight to the mat. Even if she doesn’t drag Kassem down, I can see De La Rosa pulling guard and Kassem following her to the ground. It is conceivable Kassem has greatly improved in that aspect as it has been 15 months since she last stepped in the cage, but the odds are unlikely she has taken the needed leap. De La Rosa via submission of RD2
Jim Crute (9-0) vs. Sam Alvey (33-11), Light Heavyweight
Even though he’s been attempting to add some diversity to his attack, Alvey is still about as one-note of a fighter as there is in the UFC. Fortunately for him, it’s a hell of a note. His counter right may not be quite as lethal as the H-bomb his mentor, Dan Henderson, used to detonate, but it’s difficult to name someone else in the weight class who has a single punch as lethal. He’s thrown low kicks with more frequency lately to try to supplement his low volume with mixed results. Generally, his success is dependent on landing that big right hand.
Crute is still very young, turning 23 next month. His UFC debut was a back-and-forth affair with Paul Craig that revealed several positives and negatives. His offense first approach leaves him wide open to his opponent’s return attack as his defense is terrible. However, Crute does have some decent power and has no quit in him, even when his stamina level is low. He didn’t enter the UFC with much of a reputation as a grappler, but Crute survived multiple submission attempts from Craig and even turned things around on the Scot on several occasions.
Crute has a lot of potential. I won’t go so far as to say he’s going to turn into a title contender – I haven’t seen that level of promise quite yet – but he seems like a safe bet to be a longtime action fighter. However, his tendency to move forward recklessly leads me to believe Alvey is going to land a bomb at some point that puts the young Aussie to sleep. Alvey via KO of RD1
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Several times, Robert Whittaker referred to Yoel Romero as “a monster.” The UFC middleweight champion meant it as the greatest of compliments, as praise for Romero’s incredible physical talents.
Romero is an Olympic silver medal-winning wrestler who is one of the best pure wrestlers in mixed martial arts. His thick, powerful build exudes strength.
Whittaker spent 50 minutes locked inside a cage with Romero, and not only lived to tell about it, he won both fights and left the cage a champion each time.
The second bout, in the main event of UFC 225 in June in Chicago, was one of the best fights of 2018.
“It was a good one,” Whittaker said in his typically understated style.
He’s among the most underrated fighters in the world, and far down the chain in the hierarchy of the UFC’s biggest stars, despite a nine-fight winning streak that includes two victories over Romero and knockouts of Jacare Souza and Derek Brunson.
Despite that résumé, Whittaker is only ranked 12th in the UFC’s pound-for-pound ratings, which says more about the rankings than it does about Whittaker himself. He’s behind one fighter who hasn’t competed in well over a year (Georges St-Pierre) and three others who were finished in their most recent bouts (T.J. Dillashaw, Conor McGregor and Stipe Miocic).
Whittaker, who will defend his belt on Saturday (Sunday in Australia) against Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC 234 live stream at Rod Laver Stadium in Melbourne, isn’t more heralded because he’s not the type to sing his own praises.
When his skills are praised, he deflects the compliment and takes the opportunity to rave about his coaches.
“I have the best team in the world and the best coaches in the world and there’s no doubt about that, I don’t think,” Whittaker said. “I’m pretty fortunate in that regard.”
His coaches can’t fight for him, though, and they certainly couldn’t prepare him for the situation he found himself in during both of his fights with Romero. In the first bout, he injured the medial collateral ligament in his left knee and had trouble putting weight on it following the bout.
In their rematch, Whittaker broke his thumb in the first round. It went numb, rendering his hand all but useless, and leaving him to scramble to find a way to keep Romero from overwhelming him.
He had to fight more than four full rounds with his left hand only against one of the most fearsome fighters in the world. Romero is a handful for the best fighter in tiptop condition, but it’s almost unfair to have to tangle with him at anything less than full strength.
There were many who believed that Romero wasn’t properly focused in his first fight with Whittaker and that he’d simply steamroll the Australian champion in the rematch.
Those who bought into that line of thinking had to feel all the more confident in their belief when Whittaker suddenly became a one-handed fighter after breaking his thumb.
One of Whittaker’s greatest assets in addition to being a superb athlete and above average in every area of MMA is his unflappable nature. He didn’t panic and didn’t waste energy worrying about what he couldn’t control.
When he broke his thumb, he was presented with two choices, neither of which were all that appealing: Quit, and surrender the title to Romero; or try to find a way to beat the physical monster in front of him without the use of his dominant hand.
For Whittaker, there was no choice to be made.
“You just have to find a way; it’s that simple,” Whittaker said. “It sucks to have it happen, but it’s not anything you can train for. It sucks to be in that position, but it’s something that goes along with the job.”
And so Whittaker went out and pulled out a split decision in one of the year’s finest fights. For whatever reason, it didn’t earn him widespread acclaim outside of Australia, where he lives, and New Zealand, where he was born, and even UFC president Dana White joined the chorus in noting how underrated Whittaker is for some reason.