The octagon returns to Australia this evening for the promotions UFC 234 pay-per-view event which is now headlined by a middleweight bout between Anderson Silva and Israel Adesanya.
Tonight’s pay-per-view event was expected to be headlined by a middleweight title fight between Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum. However, “The Reaper” was forced to withdraw from the fight due to an injury just hours prior to the event.
As a result of Whittaker’s injury, a highly anticipated three-round middleweight affair between former division kingpin Anderson Silva and surging contender Israel Adesanya will now main event UFC 234.
Anderson Silva will compete for the first time in over a year at tonight’s event in Melbourne. “The Spider” was last seen in action at UFC 208, where he scored a unanimous decision victory over Derek Brunson.
Meanwhile, Israel Adesanya has gone a perfect 4-0 since joining the UFC in February of 2018.
“The Last Stylebender” was most recently seen in action at November’s UFC 230 event, where he earned a first-round TKO victory over the aforementioned Derek Brunson.
In the co-main event of the evening, lightweights Marcos Rosa Mariano and Lando Vannata will throw down in hopes of climbing the stacked 155-pound ranks.
Get all of tonight’s UFC 234 results below:
UFC 234 Main Card on Pay-Per-View
Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva – Adesanya def. Silva via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Marcos Rosa Mariano vs. Lando Vannata – Vannata def. Moriano via submission (kimura) at 4:45 of Round One
Rani Yahya vs. Ricky Simon – Simon def. Yahya via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-25)
Montana De La Rosa vs. Nadia Kassem – De La Rosa def. Kassem via submission (armbar) at 2:37 of Round Two
Jim Crute vs. Sam Alvey – Crute def. Alvey via TKO (punches) at 2:49 of Round One
UFC 234 Prelims on ESPN:
Dong Hyun Ma vs. Devonte Smith – Smith def. Ma via TKO (punches) at 3:53 of Round One
Austin Arnett vs. Shane Young – Young def. Arnett via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Kai Kara-France vs. Raulian Paiva – Kara-France def. Paiva via split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Teruto Ishihara vs. Kyung Ho Kang – Kang def. Ishihara by technical submission (rear naked choke) at 3:59 of Round One
UFC 234 Prelims on Fight Pass:
Callan Potter vs. Jalin Turner — Turner def. Potter by KO (punches) at 0:53 of Round One
Wuliji Buren vs. Jonathan Martinez — Martinez def. Buren by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)