Dana White Blasts Gastelum: It's 'Cute' He Thinks He's Champ

Joann Johnston
February 11, 2019

The Silva-Adesanya showdown was set to be a showcase for Adesanya, a star on the rise who has taken MMA by storm in his year in the UFC.

While Adesanya prevailed in what was billed as a No. 1 contender fight, it's unclear how the division will play out after champion Robert Whittaker withdrew from his title defense versus Kelvin Gastelum due to injury.

Silva eventually started charging forward more and more as time ticked away on the clock and that's when he managed to tag Adesanya with some stiff shots of his own.

Israel Adesanya said defeating Anderson Silva was beating his idol.

Adesanya versus Silva earned the Fight of the Night bonus and Performance of the Night bonuses went to Montana de la Rosa for her submission win over Nadia Kassem and Devonte Smith for his first round knockout of Dong Hyun Ma. "Well, this is it for me". The topics of Conor McGregor and Anderson Silva's next fights seem to be looming for the company's public face. When it ended, both moved to the center of the ring and went to their knees and bowed their heads in a show of respect. Light heavyweight Jimmy Crute scored a controversial TKO win against American Sam Alvey, despite Alvey furiously protesting the referee's decision to end the fight early as he insisted his thumbs were up while Crute was ground-and-pounding him. "The guy is always taking care of himself, he's a great martial artist and that was a fun fight".

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Whittaker is a Sydney, Australia native and was a massive favorite in his home country. "You only develop these methods through years of hard fought experience". "Crazy week. I showed up to work, a lot of people didn't even though it's out of their hands".

By the third round, Silva's right eye was swelling but he never was out of the fight.

UFC has offered full refunds due to the cancellation of the bout.

The victor was in line to be the next challenger to Whittaker. The Aussie champ was diagnosed with a hernia, underwent emergency surgery and is now recovering, according to White.

In a statement posted on Facebook, a member of his team wrote, "Last night at roughly 9 p.m., Rob began experiencing intense abdominal pains that were brought to the attention of the UFC doctors".

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