Israel Adesanya beats Anderson Silva by unanimous decision at UFC 234

  • Israel Adesanya beats Anderson Silva by unanimous decision at UFC 234

Israel Adesanya beats Anderson Silva by unanimous decision at UFC 234

Kelvin Gastelum didn't get the opportunity to become UFC middleweight champion Saturday night at UFC 234, but that didn't stop him from securing a title belt. Adesanya, 29, also made weight at 186 pounds.

Silva and Diaz fought one of the more freakish bouts in UFC history in 2013, where neither seemed very interested in throwing major strikes.

Adesanya, of Nigeria, refused to fall into Silva's traps. Silva, 43, dropped a unanimous decision to Israel Adesanya in the main event from Melbourne in which he hypothetically passed the torch to the next generation of UFC.

Originally billed as the co-main event, the Adesanya-Silva showdown was elevated to main event status, and it didn't disappoint.

A non-title middleweight bout between rising star Israel Adesanya (15-0) and Anderson Silva (34-8) will now headline UFC 234, which sold out in minutes when tickets first went on sale.

"He had abdominal pain and was finally taken to the hospital by the UFC at 1am and was trying everything to remain in the fight, refusing any treatment that would force him out of the fight", Prates said. The two athletes showed off an array of creative striking exchanges and ultimately the better of those went to the younger Adesanya. In a devastating, fight-day twist, however, Whittaker was forced out of this battle with a hernia, and rushed into surgery on the very evening he was supposed to compete.

Silva's performance in his first fight in two years was enough to impress even former two-division champion Conor McGregor, who took to Twitter to rave about Silva and intimate he'd be interested in fighting him.

"Hopefully this thing is only going to be four to six weeks, according to the doctors", he said at the post-fight press conference.

Adesanya was expected to earn a title shot with a win at UFC 234 but now that may be put on hold with Gastelum still expected to get the next crack at Whittaker once he's healthy again. But the Brazilian soaked up the energy of the crowd to turn back the clock and make the fight shockingly competitive.

"I love my job", Silva said following the fight. This is my life. "And here I am, I'm gonna go home with the belt". "I'm going to go back to training, go back to see my family and maybe I fight in Curitiba".