Israel Adesanya to fight Kelvin Gastelum for the UFC middleweight title

Headlines 20/02/2019

Kiwi MMA middleweight Israel Adesanya will reportedly fight for UFC gold in April.

Adesanya is fresh off a career-best win over the legendary Anderson Silva in Melbourne a fortnight ago.

ESPN reports that UFC boss Dana White has confirmed 'The Last Stylebender' will fight Kelvin Gastelum for the interim middleweight title at UFC 236 in April.

Newshub understands that discussions were advanced, but no contract had yet been signed.

Gastelum was scheduled to challenge NZ-born Australian Robert Whittaker for the middleweight title at UFC 234, but Whittaker was hospitalised the day of the fight with an abdominal hernia.

He is still recovering from emergency surgery and could be on the shelf until June at the earliest, hence the UFC's decision to book an interim title fight.

Adesanya has scored five UFC wins in just over a year, while Gastelum is riding a two-fight win streak, including a vicious knockout of former champion Michael Bisping a year ago.

The pay-per-view event, scheduled for April 14 (NZT), will take place at a venue to be determined.

Credit to Newshub.