Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya has defeated former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva via unanimous decision in Melbourne, Australia, emerging victorious from the eleventh hour main event of UFC 234.
After beating Anderson Silva, Adesanya set the record straight on what was next for him.
“I’m the guy fighting for the belt,” Adesanya said. “I don’t care – Kelvin or Rob, who ever it is, I’m fighting for the belt – whoever has the belt…I’m fighting for the belt next, that’s all I know. I did my job, I showed up to work.”
He might not have finished Silva how many expected, but he faced – and beat – the greatest middleweight in UFC history – living out a dream.
As he put it immediately after the bout:
“For a basketballer, this is like playing against Michael Jordan. This is it for me.”
The 29-year-old Kiwi remained unbeaten in MMA with a unanimous decision win over Silva at a sold out Rod Laver Arena, with the two putting on a show in the Brazilian’s first ever fight Down Under.
After City Kickboxing teammates Kai Kara-France and Shane Young took decision wins earlier on the card, Adesanya followed suit in a showdown of two wild styles.