UFC 234:Israel Adesanya out swaggers Anderson Silva

Robert Whittaker Kelvin Gasteum UFC 234

With the original UFC 234 headliner scrapped due to Robert Whittaker's emergency hernia surgery, Israel Adesanya and Anderson Silva took center stage in Melbourne on Saturday night.

Adesanya, 29, was 14 years younger than Silva (43) and it showed.

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

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

Adesanya took each of the three rounds, but Silva looked risky in his return to the Octagon after a two-year absence.

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While Adesanya captured a unanimous decision by scores of 30-27 twice and 29-28, it was a competitive bout from start to finish and Adesanya wasn't able to blow Silva out of the water like many expected.

In the final five minutes of the fight, Adesanya surged ahead with a stronger showing on his feet while blasting Silva with several low kicks to the thigh.

"This is like for a kid just to play, if I'm playing basketball, to play against Michael Jordan". Subscribe to my podcast State of Combat with Brian Campbell where we break down everything you need to know in the Octagon. In my world, if the guy shows up and makes weight, and for some reason (the other guy) cancels, I win.

Fighting out of Sydney, Whittaker is the UFC's first titleholder from Australia.

Provided Robert Whittaker heals quickly, it sounds as though the UFC's intention is rebook his planned fight with Kelvin Gastelum - perhaps as soon as April.

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When asked if the company would return to New Zealand either this year or in 2020, White said the success of the Kiwi athletes made the decision an easy one.

Whittaker will spend the next four to six weeks recovering then defend his belt against either Gastelum or sixth-ranked middleweight Israel Adesanya.

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.

"I can afford to do what I want right now", Adesanya said. This is my life. "Hopefully, I'll fight in Curitiba".

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