UFC 236’s co-headliner was an interim middleweight title bout between Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum. It was an incredible back and forth war, but Adesanya pulled out in the fifth round and badly badly hurt Gastelum right until the final bell.
Watch highlights of the bout below, along with a snippet from our play-by-play of the event.
Round 5 - Gastelum going all-out to start the final round. Good combo by Gastelum capped off with a kick. Leg kick lands for Adesanya. Three-piece by Adesanya all upstairs. Front kick to the face and a 1-2. Left hand lands for Gastelum. Leg kick by Kelvin. Straight right by Adesanya. Standing guillotine by Adesanya!!! It fails but now in the scramble he goes for a triangle choke! Gastelum is out of the choke!INCREDIBLE SEQUENCE! Adesanya teeing off on Gastelum! Great counter by Adesanya! Big straight right hurts Gastelum! Adesanya cannot miss with that right hand! Gastelum pressures and shoots for a takedown. Adesanya stops it. Another right hand and Gastelum is stumbled! He’s not down nor is he out! NOW HE IS DOWN! ONE MINUTE TO GO! Gastelum going for a single leg. Adesanya dropping down some elbows. Gastelum in huge trouble with 30 seconds! Down he goes again! Big elbow! Adesanya going for the finish! Big shots as Gastelum gets back to his feet but he’s knocked down again! He survives to the end! What heart! What toughness! What a fight! But it’s clearly Adesanya’s. 48-46 Adesanya.
Official result: Israel Adesanya def. Kelvin Gastelum by unanimous decision (48-46x3) to become the UFC interim middleweight champion
Everyone breathe.— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2019
Round 1️⃣ in the books! #UFC236 pic.twitter.com/WhsxBlLQCB
Adesanya drops Gastelum in round 2! #UFC236 pic.twitter.com/dfkOdR5bDm— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2019
Spinning back elbow lands!! #UFC236 pic.twitter.com/K747b5uaMg— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2019
Gastelum gets the takedown but Adesanya gets right back to his feet!#UFC236 pic.twitter.com/OyszPC2Zo0— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2019
⚡️ quick right hand!#UFC236 pic.twitter.com/4iTFLtNCgy— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2019
Head kick from Gastelum rocks Adesanya! WHAT. A. ROUND. #UFC236 pic.twitter.com/qeR89cBcHd— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2019
2 rounds a piece heading into round 5?!— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2019
This is for gold! #UFC236 pic.twitter.com/CbXGLsUJOA
WHAT A SEQUENCE!!!#UFC236 pic.twitter.com/LeT74Kz6zn— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2019
WHAT. A. FIGHT!!!! #UFC236 pic.twitter.com/D1E1dwq3GV— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2019