UFC 234

UFC 234: Israel Adesanya outworks Anderson Silva

"Stylebender" prevails but veteran Silva holds his own

Israel Adesanya looked across the octagon at his idol Anderson Silva and set to work on outworking the former middleweight champion en route to a unanimous decision victory in the main event at UFC 234 last night in Melbourne. But not everyone was impressed with the performance of the “Stylebender.”

Hovering over the event was the super late pullout of middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, taking challenger Kelvin Gastelum with him. In the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White revealed that medical officials discovered Whittaker’s intestines and colon were “popping in and out,” prompting emergency surgery that White confirmed was successful. The rough estimated recovery time was 4-6 weeks.

Adesanya and Silva earned Fight of the Night, while Montana De La Rosa and Devonte Smith earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

TSN PRELIMS

WULIJI BUREN VS. JONATHAN MARTINEZ

 

WINNER: JONATHAN MARTINEZ VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JONATHAN MARTINEZ VIA UD

Andrews: Martinez used that youth to outwork Buren. Good win.

CALLAN PORTER VS. JALIN TURNER

 

WINNER: JALIN TURNER VIA KO (PUNCHES) R1 0:53

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JALIN TURNER VIA TKO

Andrews: Turner used that experience to crack Porter and leave no doubt.

LANDO VANNATA VS. MARCOS ROSA 

 

WINNER: LANDO VANNATA VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LANDO VANNATA VIA TKO

Andrews: Vannata put this one way and for once did not squander the opportunity. Good win.

TERUTO ISHIHARA VS. KYUNG HO KANG 

 

WINNER: KYUNG HO KANG VIA TECH SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R1 3:59

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KYUNG HO KANG VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! Dang went in there and took care of business. Impressive.

KAI KARA-FRANCE VS. RAULIAN PAIVA 

 

WINNER: KAI KARA-FRANCE VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KAI KARA-FRANCE VIA UD

Andrews: Close fight, but Kara-France got some home cooking.

SHANE YOUNG VS. AUSTIN ARNETT

 

WINNER: SHANE YOUNG VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SHANE YOUNG VIA TKO

Andrews: Young didn’t get the finish, but he did pile up the points.

DEVONTE SMITH VS. DONG HYUN MA 

 

WINNER: DEVONTE SMITH VIA TKO R1 3:53

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DEVONTE SMITH VIA TKO

Andrews: Smith kept the fight standing and put Ma away with the 1-2 and then right hook. Crisp and clean.

JIM CRUTE VS. SAM ALVEY 

 

WINNER: JIM CRUTE VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 2:49

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JIM CRUTE VIA TKO

Andrews: Crude is a brute, dropping Alvey with that right hook looking for the walk off. But he finished the job. Good win.

#14 MONTANA DE LA ROSA VS. NADIA KASEEM 

 

WINNER: MONTANA DE LA ROSA VIA VERBAL SUBMISSION (ARM BAR) R2 2:37

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MONTANA DE LA ROSA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Wow! Kaseem literally gifted De La Rosa the ground and paid for it dearly.

#15 RANI YAHYA VS. RICKY SIMON 

 

WINNER: RICKY SIMON VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RANI YAHYA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Simon did a wonderful job of keeping Yahya from his ground game. Excellent win.

MAIN EVENT

#6 ISRAEL ADESANYA VS. #15 ANDERSON SILVA

 

WINNER: ISRAEL ADESANYA VIA UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ISRAEL ADESANYA VIA TKO

Andrews: I said that nothing less will than a TKO of Silva will do for “Stylebender” and I stand by that. Adesanya won, but cannot claim No. 1 status. In fact, the old and slow Silva held his own, but still needs to retire. Now.

Andrews Prediction: Israel Adesanya via TKO

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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