UFC 234 staff predictions: How many are picking Gastelum to upset Whittaker for the title?

Whittaker

vs.

Gastelum
Adesanya

vs.

Silva
Simon

vs.

Yahya
De La Rosa

vs.

Kassem
Alvey

vs.

Crute
MMAjunkie readers’

consensus picks

2019: 14-3
whittaker2019

Whittaker

(76%)
adesanya2019

Adesanya

(68%)
yahya2019

Yahya

(54%)
delarosa2019

De La Rosa

(68%)
crute2019

Crute

(51%)
Trent Reinsmith

@TrentReinsmith

2019: 15-2
whittaker2019

Whittaker
adesanya2019

Adesanya
yahya2019

Yahya
delarosa2019

De La Rosa
crute2019

Crute
Dan Tom

@DanTomMMA

2019: 14-3
whittaker2019

Whittaker
adesanya2019

Adesanya
yahya2019

Yahya
delarosa2019

De La Rosa
alvey2019

Alvey
Brian Garcia

@thegoze

2019: 14-3

trophy copy 2017 Champion
gastelum2019

Gastelum
adesanya2019

Adesanya
simon2019

Simon
delarosa2019

De La Rosa
alvey2019

Alvey
Steven Marrocco

@MMAjunkieSteven

2019: 13-4
gastelum2019

Gastelum
adesanya2019

Adesanya
yahya2019

Yahya
delarosa2019

De La Rosa
crute2019

Crute
Mike Bohn

@MikeBohnMMA

2019: 13-4

trophy copy 2014 Champion
whittaker2019

Whittaker
adesanya2019

Adesanya
yahya2019

Yahya
delarosa2019

De La Rosa
crute2019

Crute
Matt Erickson

@MMAjunkieMatt

2019: 13-4
whittaker2019

Whittaker
adesanya2019

Adesanya
yahya2019

Yahya
delarosa2019

De La Rosa
crute2019

Crute
Ben Fowlkes

@BenFowlkesMMA

2019: 13-4

trophy copy 2016 Champion
whittaker2019

Whittaker
adesanya2019

Adesanya
yahya2019

Yahya
delarosa2019

De La Rosa
crute2019

Crute
Abbey Subhan

@kammakaze

2019: 12-5
whittaker2019

Whittaker
adesanya2019

Adesanya
yahya2019

Yahya
delarosa2019

De La Rosa
crute2019

Crute
John Morgan

@MMAjunkieJohn

2019: 12-5
whittaker2019

Whittaker
adesanya2019

Adesanya
yahya2019

Yahya
delarosa2019

De La Rosa
crute2019

Crute
Fernanda Prates

@nandaprates_

2019: 12-5
whittaker2019

Whittaker
adesanya2019

Adesanya
yahya2019

Yahya
delarosa2019

De La Rosa
crute2019

Crute
Simon Samano

@SJSamano

2019: 11-6
whittaker2019

Whittaker
adesanya2019

Adesanya
simon2019

Simon
kassem2019

Kassem
crute2019

Crute
George Garcia

@MMAjunkieGeorge

2019: 11-6
whittaker2019

Whittaker
adesanya2019

Adesanya
yahya2019

Yahya
delarosa2019

De La Rosa
alvey2019

Alvey
Ken Hathaway

@kenshathaway

2019: 10-7

trophy copy 2018 Champion
whittaker2019

Whittaker
adesanya2019

Adesanya
simon2019

Simon
kassem2019

Kassem
crute2019

Crute

The UFC is back in Australia this week for its first pay-per-view of the year, and the middleweight title is on the line.

UFC 234 takes place Saturday at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) puts his title up against challenger Kelvin Gastelum (15-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC). It’s just the second time two winners of “The Ultimate Fighter” will meet for a UFC title. Whittaker is more than a 2-1 favorite, and he’s a heavy 11-2 choice in the picks from our 13 MMAjunkie editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers.

In the middleweight co-feature, which is expected to produce the next title challenger, unbeaten Israel Adesanya (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) is more than a 6-1 favorite against former longtime champ Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC). Adesanya is the only unanimous pick on the card at 13-0.

Also on the main card, Ricky Simon (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is a very slight favorite in his bantamweight bout against Rani Yahya (26-9 MMA, 11-3 UFC). But it’s Yahya who has a heavy 10-3 lead in the picks.

Montana De La Rosa (9-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is more than a 2-1 favorite in her women’s flyweight fight against Nadia Kassem (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), and she has a big 11-2 edge in the picks.

And to open the main card, Jim Crute (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is a slight favorite against Sam Alvey (33-11 MMA, 10-6 UFC) at light heavyweight. Crute has a big 10-3 lead in the picks from our staff members.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Whittaker (76 percent), Adesanya (68 percent), Yahya (54 percent), De La Rosa (68 percent) and Crute (51 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC 234, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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