UFC 234: Israel Adesanya defeats UFC legend Anderson Silva

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"You're the best thank you for everything", MMA legend Anderson Silva could be heard saying to Israel Adesanya as the pair embraced, fighting back tears following the Kiwi sensation's victory at UFC 234.

Whittaker was forced out of his UFC 234 main event bout opposite Kelvin Gastelum after requiring urgent surgery on Sunday morning.

The Australian crowd booed loudly at Adesanya's words towards the champion but he ultimately sent well wishes to Whittaker in his post fight speech. Light heavyweight Jimmy Crute scored a controversial TKO win against American Sam Alvey, despite Alvey furiously protesting the referee's decision to end the fight early as he insisted his thumbs were up while Crute was ground-and-pounding him.

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. Whittaker, according to White, is expected to miss four to eight weeks. Instead, this match will be canceled due to Whittaker's hernia. "This is it for me", Adesanya said after the fight - after which he and Anderson Silva bowed down simultaneously in a showing of mutual respect - the younger pupil having rightfully earned his idol's respect.

The UFC's President has been a busy man during the week of last night's UFC 234 from Melbourne, Australia.


Appearing on ESPN Radio with Ariel Helwani, Derek Brunson said that he expects his next fight to be against 14th ranked middleweight, Toronto-native Elias Theodorou.

Gastelum is coming off wins against Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Michael Bisping.

Brunson said that the targeted date and location for the proposed bout was on May 4 in Ottawa, however TSN has learned that the event details have not been finalized and that Quebec City is a potential destination for Canada's first UFC event of 2019. Along the way, he has become a household name with MMA fans as one of the most marketable talents in the game.

When that happened, the UFC had no choice but to offer refunds. He is on a nine-fight winning streak. Injuries kept him from fighting Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in Perth past year.

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