Back in October, Israel Adesanya captured the undisputed middleweight championship of the world with a KO victory over Robert Whittaker. He’s now scheduled to take on Yoel Romero in the first defense of his title. Odds on Adesanya vs. Romero are now available and many have already placed wagers on the outcome.
It’s an extremely exciting bout. Both of these men have recorded devastating knockout victories in their careers. Today, we’re going to talk about what has led to this matchup. We’ll also check out the current betting odds available for this bout.
Let’s get into it!
Israel Adesanya Proves He’s the Top Middleweight in the World
The UFC’s middleweight division has gone through waves of prestige and insignificance over the past few years. Back when Anderson Silva was the sport’s pound-for-pound king, the 185-pound division was one of the most exciting. After Silva’s dropoff, things began to slow down and the belt changed hands several times.
In July of 2017, Robert Whittaker captured the interim middleweight title with a hard-fought victory over Yoel Romero. A few months later, he was promoted to the undisputed champion after George St. Pierre vacated his belt. Whittaker once again took on Yoel Romero in one of the best fights of the decade.
The two wars with Romero took their toll on the champ. He took time off to heal his injuries and in the meantime, an exciting young striker named Israel Adesanya was moving his way up the rankings.
Adesanya was unknown to the common fan prior to his entrance into the UFC. After just two fights, however, he was promoted to the main event of a Las Vegas card. It took five fights in total before Israel received his first shot at the interim belt against Kelvin Gastelum. He won that fight via unanimous decision, showing incredible grit and determination in the process.
Finally, Adesanya took on Robert Whittaker to unify the two middleweight belts. The odds from different betting sites were split on who should be listed as the favorite. Ultimately, Israel won the fight via 2nd-round KO.
Now, the champ is scheduled to take on Yoel Romero in his first title defense.
Odds on Adesanya vs. Romero Are Now Available Online
Fans have been calling for this fight ever since Adesanya won the belt. There’s some real intrigue over how a wrestler like Romero can fare against the elite striking of Israel. It might not make the most sense right now, but Yoel has officially gotten the shot at this title.
Some are quick to point out the fact that Yoel has lost three of his past four bouts. When you look at those fights, however, you see just how close they really were. If judges looked at these bouts a little differently, there’s an argument that Romero could be the champion right now.
Bovada, one of the best online sportsbooks in the US, is now offering odds for this blockbuster fight. Some are a little surprised to see where the odds on Adesanya vs. Romero stand.
At the moment, Israel Adesanya comes in as the -235 betting favorite. Some are a little surprised to see him enter as such a large favorite. He’s an incredible striker, yet questions remain over his ability to compete against an elite wrestler.
Romero comes in as the +185 favorite. He very nearly became champion after his second fight with Robert Whittaker and recently lost an extremely close decision against Paulo Costa. If he can switch up his striking and grappling, he can win this fight.
The odds on Adesanya vs. Romero are available right now for fans around the country. If you’re interested, place your bets today!
More MMA Betting Options Available in January
The fight between Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero won’t take place for months. Fortunately, we’ve got some fantastic fights scheduled to take place over the next couple of weeks. This Saturday, for example, we’re getting a massive heavyweight main event that takes place in Raleigh, North Carolina.
This card is headlined by Curtis Blaydes and Junior Dos Santos. Both of these men have aspirations to capture the UFC’s heavyweight title. A win will certainly help both get closer to reaching that goal. Blaydes comes in as the -250 favorite, while Dos Santos enters as the +195 underdog.
In the co-main event, former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos takes on Michael Chiesa at 170-pounds. This is an extremely important bout for both men and the winner may find himself just a few fights away from a shot at the belt.
Dos Anjos comes in as the -275 favorite here. Chiesa is listed as a +215 underdog. The odds might not reflect just how competitive this fight is likely to be.
February is going to be a fantastic month for MMA fans, as well. We’ll get treated to another Jon Jones fight and the contest between Paul Felder and Dan Hooker. Stay tuned for breakdowns on both of these bouts over the next few weeks!