UFC 234: Whittaker vs. Gastelum
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is back to Australia on February 10 with UFC 234 held at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. MMA event is headlined by the middleweight championship defense between the current titleholder Robert Whittaker and the challenger Kelvin Gastelum.
The latest addition to the roster is a bantamweight battle between Rani Yahya and Ricky Simon. MMA Fighting reports that the matchup has been confirmed (citing multiple sources), following the first report by Combate.
Rani Yahya (26-9, 1 NC) is riding a three-fight win streak. In his previous bout last August he submitted Luke Sanders in the first round. Before that he similarly defeated Russell Doane in the third round, and Henry Briones in the first.
Ricky Simon (14-1) won all seven of his previous outings. He is coming of a unanimous decision earned against Montel Jackson at UFC 227 last August. Before that he submitted Merab Dvalishvili. The contest against Yahya is his third appearance inside the UFC Octagon.
The co-main event at UFC 234 in Melbourne is a middleweight battle between Israel Adesanya and Anderson Silva. The current list of announced matchups can be found below. Other bouts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Middleweight Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Middleweight Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva
Women’s Flyweight Montana De La Rosa vs. Nadia Kassem
Light Heavyweight Jim Crute vs. Ryan Spann
Bantamweight Wuliji Buren vs. Jonathan Martinez
Flyweight Kai-Kara France vs. Raulian Paiva
Featherweight Shane Young vs. Austin Arnett
Bantamweight Teruto Ishihara vs. Kyung Ho Kang
Bantamweight Rani Yahya vs. Ricky Simon
In addition on Thursday the promotion added a lightweight matchup between David Teymur and Charles Oliveira to UFC Fight Night on ESPN scheduled for February 3 (AEDT) in Fortaleza, Brazil (via Twitter).