Adesanya started the fight strong and landed some heavy shots in the first round. Silva came back in the second, but a strong third round was enough for a comfortable Adesanya victory.
Silva’s durability surprised, as Adesanya couldn’t knock him down despite planting some good shots on the Brazilian’s chin.
“It was just like fighting anyone else, but there were certain things that he was doing that I have seen so many times, that he has caught other people with, like with his hands down, the bounce, calling me on to the cage with his back against the fence, but not me,” Adesanya said.
“The energy was cool, it was an honour to share the space with him, I can’t describe it. As a kid, as a fan, it was cool, just cool. In the long-term, I am definitely getting the belt next.”