|UFC 234: Adesanya vs. Silva|
The poster for UFC 234: Adesanya vs. Silva.
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||February 10, 2019|
|Venue||Rod Laver Arena|
A UFC Middleweight Championship bout between current champion Robert Whittaker (also The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes welterweight winner) and The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen middleweight winner Kelvin Gastelum was expected to headline the event. However, Whittaker pulled out of the event a few hours prior due to a hernia and a twisted and collapsed bowel that forced him to undergo emergency surgery later that day. As a result of the last-minute change, the three-round co-main event between Israel Adesanya and former champion Anderson Silva was bumped up to the main event spot.
Alex Gorgees was expected to face Jalin Turner at the event. However, it was reported that, on January 27, Gorgees was pulled from the card for an undisclosed reason and he was replaced by Callan Potter.
|Middleweight||Israel Adesanya||def.||Anderson Silva||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Lando Vannata||def.||Marcos Rosa Mariano||Submission (kimura)||1||4:55|
|Bantamweight||Ricky Simon||def.||Rani Yahya||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)||3||5:00|
|Women's Flyweight||Montana De La Rosa||def.||Nadia Kassem||Submission (armbar)||2||2:37|
|Light Heavyweight||Jimmy Crute||def.||Sam Alvey||TKO (punches)||1||2:49|
|Preliminary Card (ESPN)|
|Lightweight||Devonte Smith||def.||Dong Hyun Ma||TKO (punches)||1||3:49|
|Featherweight||Shane Young||def.||Austin Arnett||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Flyweight||Kai Kara-France||def.||Raulian Paiva||Decision (split) (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Bantamweight||Kyung Ho Kang||def.||Teruto Ishihara||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||3:59|
|Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Lightweight||Jalin Turner||def.||Callan Potter||KO (punches)||1||0:53|
|Bantamweight||Jonathan Martinez||def.||Wuliji Buren||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)||3||5:00|
The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:
- Fight of the Night: Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva
- Performance of the Night: Montana De La Rosa and Devonte Smith
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