Israel Adesanya may have prevailed over Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 234 but both fighters earned the respect of the MMA world after putting up a classic three-round middleweight showdown at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
The Nigerian born Kiwi fighter cruised to a unanimous decision victory, 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, to extend his winning streak to five fights at UFC and potentially get the next crack at the middleweight belt.
But fans were also thrilled on Silva’s performance as he showed his vintage perform against his younger opponent.
— UFC (@ufc) February 10, 2019
The middleweight bout featuring Israel Adesanya and Anderson Silva has been moved to the main event of UFC 234 after the division’s king Robert Whittaker withdrew from his showdown against Kevin Gastelum due to injury.
The MMA legend returned to the cage after almost two years of layoff.
His most recent win was way back February 2017 against Derek Brunson at UFC 208 via unanimous decision.
Adesanya, meanwhile, has won all his four fights since making his debut early last year.
His last victim was the same opponent, but he finished the sixth-ranked middleweight quicker after a decisive first-round technical knockout victory at UFC 230.
On Saturday night, the two fighters with the same fighting style and finishing ability finally met in the cage and they did not disappoint.
Check out the craziest tweets about the Silva vs Adesanya middleweight contest at UFC 234:
— ThePoolTableGuy🎱 (@ProBilliards1) February 10, 2019
3 rounds won't do this fight any justice .. wish it were 5 rounds . #UFC234
— Tony Pacheques (@tonypacheques) February 10, 2019
This fight is giving me anxiety😂 one of these dudes are going out lmao #UFC234
— V.Iosefa (@Veekuh12) February 10, 2019
THIS IS FUCKING AWESOME#UFC234
— Jeff (@TheRealJitterss) February 10, 2019
This the Greatest fight of all time #UFC234
— GermaneJermaineIT (@ItGermane) February 10, 2019
— KongDaPrince99% (@Neo_KDP) February 10, 2019
Shades of Rocky Balboa vs. Mason "The Line" Dixon #ufc234
— Ryan Foley (@ref513) February 10, 2019
Always love watching Anderson fight, takes me back to the early day of mma. He’s one of the guys that got me into the sport, and it’s amazing he’s still doing his thing on such a high level #ufc234 @SpiderAnderson
— Nick Sikora (@Siki_Sikora) February 10, 2019
— EJ (@rapoyhaha) February 10, 2019
But not all fans were pleased with how the headlining fight turned out.
— onion (@myopinOnion) February 10, 2019
I wish one of these guys would try to win. This is just an exhibition match so far. #UFC234
— yoyo (@atenz11) February 10, 2019
— Dylan Rohr (@TrueDynacus) February 10, 2019
#ufc234 I paid for a sparing match for the main event???
— Christopher Williams (@cwilzplay) February 10, 2019
Is title shot next for the rising star, Israel Adesanya? Will Anderson Silva call it a career? What do you think?
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