Israel Adesanya to face Kelvin Gastelum for provisional title at UFC 236

While middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker, is still recovering from an abdominal hernia, the UFC has reserved a tentative fight title between Kelvin Gastelum and Israel Adesanya for UFC 236, said Tuesday President Dana White at ESPN.

The pay-per-view activity, scheduled for April 13, will take place in a location to be determined.

Gastelum (15-3) was supposed to challenge Whittaker (20-4) for the 185-pound title at UFC 234 earlier this month in Melbourne, Australia. However, the fight was canceled just hours after Whittaker, 28, was hospitalized for an abdominal hernia and underwent emergency surgery that day.

Whittaker, who is fighting in Sydney, Australia, is still recovering from the proceedings. His management recently told ESPN that he hoped to return this summer.

At the same time, Gastelum will meet Adesanya (16-0), who has just won a decisive victory over Anderson Silva at UFC 234. The undefeated Nigerian challenger is 5-0 in the UFC , the five victories taking place over 12 months.

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