Israel 'The Last Stylebender' Adesanya vs Anderson 'The Spider' Silva Set for UFC 234
Sunday, November 25, 2018
According to ESPN's Brett Okamoto and later confirmed by UFC President Dana White, Israel 'The Last Stylebender' Adesanya will take on former UFC middleweight champion Anderson 'The Spider' Silva at UFC 234 on Saturday, February 9th in Melbourne Austrailia.
This is an intriguing matchup because Adesanya is coming off an impressive victory over Derek Brunson at UFC 230, where he showcased his unorthadox striking that resmbled something similar to what fans had seen in Anderson Silva's fights. 'The Last Stylebender' has become a fan-favourite since making his octagon debut earlier this year.
Silva on the other hand, will be making his return after serving a one-year suspension after failing a drug-test for a banned substance however, USADA then found out that Silva's supplements had been contaminated, making him eligible to resume his fighting career this month.
Although Silva is 43-years-old, he's still one of the greatest fighters to ever compete in MMA and will be the biggest fight of Adesanya's career because it could put him into the top-5 in the UFC's middleweight division.
It's also interesting to note that the main-event of UFC 234 is the middleweight championship bout between champion Robert Whittaker and former Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum. If Adesanya defeats Silva in impressive fashion, he could very well be the next number-one contender for the title.
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