Adesanya wins his biggest fight yet

Robert Whittaker Kelvin Gasteum UFC 234

Robert Whittaker Kelvin Gasteum UFC 234

Adesanya extended his unbeaten UFC record to 5-0, while Silva's overall MMA record dropped to 34-9, 1 NC. He is seeking his second defense and first on home soil.

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.

Mere hours before the start of UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia, the card was dealt a disastrous blow when ESPN's Brett Okamoto reported that middleweight champion, Australian Robert Whittaker was forced to withdraw from the card as a result of emergency hernia surgery.

"This is like if I played basketball and I played Michael Jordan", Adesanya said in tribute to Silva following the bout.

The 29-year-old middleweight led the rise of Kiwis in the UFC over the past year, with City Kickboxing teammates Kai Kara-France, the UFC's No.15 ranked flyweight, and Shane Young also picking up wins at UFC 234. Insane week. I showed up to work, a lot of people didn't. During the fight itself, Anderson Silva threw all of the devilish tricks he is renowned for, into the pot, but in the end, Israel Adesanya proved himself to be quite the student of the fight game, and quite befitting of his nickname: The Last Stylebender. Sometimes it's not in your control.

Silva said after the bout he hopes to fight at UFC 237 in May in Curitiba, Brazil, and McGregor has repeatedly said he hopes to fight in Brazil one day.

"Rob heal up quick, Kelvin put that belt down, seriously", Adesanya said with a laugh from the crowd. In my world, if the guy shows up and makes weight, and for some reason (the other guy) cancels, I win.

However, due to Whittaker's injury, Kelvin Gastelum could still be next in line for a title shot.

As for what comes next, it's almost impossible to say after Whittaker was forced into surgery that may keep him sidelined for several weeks or perhaps even months.

UFC boss Dana White, who was sitting front-row next to Damon and Hemsworth, later revealed how the Hollywood stars reacted during the brilliant fight. I'm fighting for the belt next that's all I know.

Immediately after the fight ended, Silva was overheard saying to Adesanya: "I pass the baton to you".

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