UFC 234

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UFC 234: Adesanya vs. Silva
The poster for UFC 234: Adesanya vs. Silva.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateFebruary 10, 2019 (2019-02-10)
VenueRod Laver Arena
CityMelbourne, Australia
Total gate$2,470,088[1]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Assunção vs. Moraes 2 UFC 234: Adesanya vs. Silva UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez

UFC 234: Adesanya vs. Silva was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that was held on February 10, 2019 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.[3]


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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

Ryan Spann was expected to face Jimmy Crute at the event. However, on January 25, it was reported that Spann was forced to pull out due to a hand injury and was replaced by Sam Alvey.[7]

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.[8]


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
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


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[10]

  • Fight of the Night: Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva
  • Performance of the Night: Montana De La Rosa and Devonte Smith

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2019-02-10). "UFC 234 draws announced 15,238 attendance for $2.247 million live gate in Melbourne". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  2. ^ Dave Meltzer (2019-02-22). "UFC 234 estimated at 175,000 buys". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  3. ^ Staff (2018-11-04). "UFC announces 2019 first quarter schedule: ESPN debut Jan. 19 in Brooklyn". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  4. ^ Staff (2018-11-13). "Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum official for UFC 234 in Melbourne". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  5. ^ Ken Pishna (2019-02-10). "Robert Whittaker emerges from emergency dual surgery". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  6. ^ Brett Okamoto (2019-02-09). "Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker ruled out for title defense fight". espn.com. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  7. ^ Staff (2018-11-25). "Sam Alvey in for Ryan Spann vs. Jim Crute at UFC 234 in Melbourne". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  8. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-11-27). "MMA veteran Callan Potter replaces Alex Gorgees against Jalin Turner during UFC 234" (in Dutch). mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  9. ^ "UFC 234: Whittaker vs. Gastelum". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  10. ^ Staff (2019-02-10). "UFC 234 bonuses: Israel Adesanya, Anderson Silva collect extra $50,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-02-10.