After opening up the fight with the first two meaningful blows - a pair of kicks to Silva's leg and thigh respectively - Adesanya asserted his dominance with some punches and a knee to the head. Gastelum, of California, is riding a two-fight win streak, including a split-decision victory over Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza. At one point, he planted his back against the fence and demanded Adesanya come and meet him.
Australia's UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker withdrew from his championship defence against Kelvin Gastelum on Sunday at UFC 234 because of an abdominal injury and subsequent emergency surgery.
The most unsafe moment for Adesanya came in the third round, when Silva launched into a flying knee attempt.
Robert Whittaker has not fought since June of 2018, when he engaged in his second five-round war with the behemoth Yoel Romero.
"If I'm playing basketball to play against Michael Jordan, this is it for me", Adesanya said after facing one of his idols in Silva. Sometimes it's not in your control.
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Gastelum, a former victor of The Ultimate Fighter, conducted interviews after the news with a title belt.
Whittaker is a Sydney, Australia native and was a massive favorite in his home country.
'What they told me was that his colon and intestines had popped out, ' White said in the post-show press conference.
As for what comes next, it's almost impossible to say after Whittaker was forced into surgery that may keep him sidelined for several weeks or perhaps even months.
Whittaker is expected to be out of action for around four to six weeks as he recovers from his surgery and although there's no fight plan now in place, White has ruled out the possibility of him being stripped of his belt. But the Brazilian soaked up the energy of the crowd to turn back the clock and make the fight shockingly competitive. This is my life.
His next most recent fight was also against Romero, as he captured the interim middleweight belt with another decision victory over the Cuban.