Saturday, 23 February, 2019

UFC 234: Israel Adesanya defeats UFC legend Anderson Silva

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Stacy Diaz | 11 February, 2019, 03:10

Nigerian-born Auckland-based Adesanya, who has a 16-0 MMA record, added to his growing reputation with a strong victory over Silva.

The most risky moment for Adesanya came in the third round, when Silva launched into a flying knee attempt.

Adesanya, who fights out of New Zealand, is one of the UFC's most promising prospects, taking on an all-time great in Silva.

It marks the second time Whittaker has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled title fight in Australia.

Silva said it was the equivalent of facing Michael Jordan in basketball. Subscribe to my podcast State of Combat with Brian Campbell where we break down everything you need to know in the Octagon.

Whittaker's opponent Kelvin Gastelum arrived to the event with a new UFC belt over his shoulder, presumably belonging to his friend, flyweight champion Henry Cejudo who was on hand for the event and declared himself the new champion, referring to amateur wrestling rules where an opponent forfeits if they do not show up after weighing in.

"But, hey, Player one has the controller, so I showed up".

Whittaker is a Sydney, Australia native and was a massive favorite in his home country. I don't care. Kelvin or Rob, whoever it is I don't care.

Earlier in the week UFC President Dana White confirmed that the victor of the bout would be next in line for a middleweight title shot, however with Whittaker's withdrawal, Adesanya will likely have to wait for the dust to settle between Gastelum and Whittaker.

Meanwhile, Silva embraced the crowd following his hard fought loss and stated once again that he's not going anywhere except back to the gym to prepare for his next fight.

His next most recent fight was also against Romero, as he captured the interim middleweight belt with another decision victory over the Cuban.

"I think it's a very interesting fight, because the last fight was a no contest".

Gastelum did offer another view of the cancelled fight via social media, leaving a post on Instagram in which he said "God has a reason for doing things and I firmly believe his plans are much bigger and better than I can even imagine". "I'm going to go back to training, go back to see my family and maybe I fight in Curitiba".