Robert Whittaker, Kelvin Gastelum make weight for UFC 234 title bout

UFC middleweight champ Robert Whittaker was forced to withdraw from Sunday's bout due to a hernia

UFC middleweight champ Robert Whittaker was forced to withdraw from Sunday's bout due to a hernia

The Australian crowd chanted Silva's name at various points in the fight, but Adesanya remained in control.

The non-title middleweight bout headlined UFC 234 after defending middleweight champion Robert Whittaker was pulled from a title defense against Kelvin Gastelum on short notice due to an abdominal hernia. It's one of those situations, had it popped up during the fight it could have been fatal for him so this is really serious. According to UFC stats, Adesanya outlanded Silva in total strikes 65-34.

The most risky moment for Adesanya came in the third round, when Silva launched into a flying knee attempt.

It was a mixed day for Australia following Whittaker's withdrawal.

There are a total of five fights on the main card.

Silva said it was the equivalent of facing Michael Jordan in basketball. Insane week. I showed up to work, a lot of people didn't. Subscribe to my podcast State of Combat with Brian Campbell where we break down everything you need to know in the Octagon. In my world, the wrestling world, if the guy shows up and makes the weight, for some reason cancels the bout, the guy forfeits the match - I win.

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He also managed to take a shot at top ranked contender Kelvin Gastelum, who was walking around with a title on his shoulder all night while proclaiming that he was the new middleweight champion by default since Whittaker failed to compete on Saturday night.

Nigerian-born Auckland-based Adesanya, who has a 16-0 MMA record, added to his growing reputation with a strong victory over Silva.

Whittaker is expected to be out of action for around four to six weeks as he recovers from his surgery and although there's no fight plan now in place, White has ruled out the possibility of him being stripped of his belt.

As for what comes next, it's almost impossible to say after Whittaker was forced into surgery that may keep him sidelined for several weeks or perhaps even months. "This is my heart".

UFC boss Dana White, who was sitting front-row next to Damon and Hemsworth, later revealed how the Hollywood stars reacted during the brilliant fight. "I'm going to go back to training, go back to see my family and maybe I fight in Curitiba".

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