Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Silva's UFC return ends in defeat to Adesanya after Whittaker withdrawal

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Freda Brock | 11 February, 2019, 07:54

'I turned up to fight, ' he said, declaring he was the champion as Whitaker had effectively forfeited the fight. According to UFC stats, Adesanya outlanded Silva in total strikes 65-34.

Silva and Diaz fought one of the more weird bouts in UFC history in 2013, where neither seemed very interested in throwing major strikes.

Adesanya and Anderson's fight was promoted to be the main event after the Melbourne card was thrown into turmoil early on Sunday morning when Kiwi-born Australian middleweight champion Robert Whittaker had to withdraw due to due to a "freak" abdominal injury.

Silva eventually started charging forward more and more as time ticked away on the clock and that's when he managed to tag Adesanya with some stiff shots of his own.

All three judges awarded the three-round fight to Adesanya: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.

Israel Adesanya rattles the jaw of Anderson Silva with a right hand strike. Adesanya sidestepped the blow, however, and went back to work.

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"This is like for a kid just to play, if I'm playing basketball, to play against Michael Jordan".

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. "I earned this. I showed up, traveled thousands and thousands of miles from home, and made the weight".

"In my world, the wrestling world, if the guy shows up and makes the weight and for some reason one forfeits the match, the other guy's the victor".

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.

Whittaker's title defence against Kelvin Gastelum was canned but UFC president Dana White confirmed after Adesanya's victory that Whittaker would hold the belt "for now".

Kelvin Gastelum, with a title belt draped over his shoulder, called himself "the champ" when speaking with media at UFC 234 on Sunday in Melbourne, Australia. And although the Brazilian fought back with a couple of punches to Adesanya's chin, the Kiwi won the first round. "This is my heart". His family was fighting with him because he didn't want to go to the hospital.

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