Israel Adesanya faces Anderson Silva at UFC 234 Melbourne

Israel Adesanya faces Anderson Silva at UFC 234 Melbourne
Israel Adesanya (l) at UFC 221 in February 2018 / Pic: Emanuel Rudnicki / FIGHTMAG

UFC 234: Whittaker vs. Gastelum takes place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Sunday February 10. MMA event received its co-headliner featuring Nigerian Israel Adesanya (15-0) up against Brazilian Anderson Silva (34-8, 1 NC), ESPN reported.

Fighting out of New Zealand, Israel Adesanya made his UFC debut in February this year scoring the second round stoppage win against Rob Wilkinson. Since then “Stylebender” fought three more times. In his previous bout early November he declared the first-round TKO win against Derek Brunson.

Anderson Silva is the former UFC Middleweight champion. His most recent bout was in February 2017 when he took a unanimous decision against Brunson. He agreed to a one-year suspension after failing a random drug test in October the same year, which was caused by a contaminated dietary supplement, USADA concluded.

In the main event at UFC 234 New Zealand-born Australian Robert Whittaker defends his middleweight title against American Kelvin Gastelum, who is currently ranked No. 4 in the division. Other matchups are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

UFC 234 fight card

Middleweight Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Middleweight Anderson Silva vs. Israel Adesanya