Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva UFC 234 Upgraded to Main Event
In the main UFC 234 event AT Rod Laver Arena, upcoming star Israel Adesanya (15-0 MMA; 4-0 UFC) will confront former longtime middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva (34-8, 1NC MMA; 17-4, 1NC UFC) in what guarantees to be a captivating fight. Adesanya vs. Silva was promoted from co-main event to main event, as Robert Whittaker’s detected hernia led to the cancellation of his fight vs. Kelvin Gastelum for the middleweight title.
UFC 234 will broadcast live from Melbourne, Australia as the main card starts on Pay Per View with a start time of 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time, with the preliminary bouts beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
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Since making his greatly awaited UFC entrance in February last year, Israel Adesanya has gone on to enhance his level every time he steps foot in the octagon. Sailing past Rob Wilkinson in that fight, many were swift to slate Adesanya’s skills after his split judgment victory over Marvin Vettori. Those cynics were stifled when “The Last Stylebender” shut down Brad Tavares in his encounter after that, and he persisted to impress last November with a perfect 1st round knockout of Derek Brunson. Adesanya form requires the best in Silva at UFC 234, and many are backing him to make it a perfect five to nil start to his UFC career.
It will nearly be 2 years to the date that Anderson Silva was seen last in a UFC fight when he takes on his younger adversary Adesanya in Melbourne. That (debatable) verdict win against Derek Brunson at UFC 208 was officially Silva’s first win in close to 5 years, going down to the likes of Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier before the rather dubious win over Brunson. Having said that the UFC president Dana White has labelled this a “number-one contender fight” at 185-pounds, the unanimity is this will be one of, if not the final, fight of Anderson’s UFC career.
Despite Adesanya and Silva and being at different ends of their UFC careers, the aesthetic matchup should positively mean this upgraded main event lives up to its high hopes.
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