Israel Adesanya & Anderson Silva Share Incredible Moment Of Respect After UFC 234

After some moments of taunting and trolling, Israel Adesanya and Anderson Silva capped their classic UFC 234 middleweight clash paying respect to one another. 

The middleweight pair treated fans to a classic showdown on Saturday as they delivered a nail-biting performance, a one for the books, in the main event of UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

Silva pulled some from his bag of tricks to no avail as it was Adesanya’s ploy that prevailed to eke out a unanimous decision victory, his fifth straight win in 12 months.

While Adesanya has proved that he is a legit title contender, Silva, on the other hand, showed that he still got plenty of gas left in his tank.

For The Fans

Anderson Silva made his MMA comeback at UFC’s first pay-per-view event in 2019 under the ESPN umbrella.

Ahead of his return, “The Spider” asked his opponent, Israel Adesanya, to give fans a night to remember when they clash in a middleweight bout at UFC 234.

“Israel, let’s put on something special for the fans.”

The fight is important for me but more important is to give a big show for my fans here in Australia. 

“This is going to be a big event and the UFC is doing something special for everyone.”

“A lot of people talking about that I’m old, but I am not old.”

“I think only people are old if they think that inside their head and I don’t need to prove nothing more for anybody.”

Israel Adesanya & Anderson Silva Share Incredible Moment Of Respect After UFC 234

It appeared Adesanya has granted Silva’s request.

Their middleweight showdown served as the headliner of UFC 234 after Robert Whittaker decided to withdraw from his title-defense fight against Kevin Gastelum.

Adesanya and Silva lived up to expectations as they brought fans to frenzy for showing some moments of brilliance, cage antics, and mind games.

Silva may have come short, but his vintage performance was enough to earn the respect of the MMA world including, of course, his younger opponent.

After their entertaining scrap, both fighters delivered one of the most iconic moments in the sport as the student and the master paid respect to one another.

Watch it below:

Passing Of The Torch

Adesanya took home the victory after ringside judges scored 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, all in favour of him.

The “Last Stylebender” said the experience was like going up against Michael Jordan.

Like the former Chicago Bull, Silva is touted as one of the greatest fighters ever to step in the cage.

Meanwhile, Adesanya is often called as the LeBron James of MMA.

“This is like, if I’m playing basketball, to play against Michael Jordan. This is it for me.”

Meanwhile, the MMA legend said he continued to fight because his heart beats for the sport.

“I love my job. I know it’s tough. This game is tough. This is my heart. This is my life. I continue to fight because this is my heart.”

He was also telling Adesanya:

“I pass the baton onto you.”

Adesanya and Silva got some love from MMA fans in these posts below:

(Featured Image Source: UFC/Twitter)

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