During the fight itself, Anderson Silva threw all of the devilish tricks he is renowned for, into the pot, but in the end, Israel Adesanya proved himself to be quite the student of the fight game, and quite befitting of his nickname: The Last Stylebender. The judges' scores at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia were 29-28, 30-27, and 30-27 in favor of the Auckland resident by way of Nigeria.
"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.
Israel Adesanya remains undefeated in mixed martial arts after overcoming his biggest challenge yet.
The 29-year-old was full of respect for Silva, 43. The Australian crowd chanted Silva's name at various points in the fight, but Adesanya remained in control. 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. "It's one of those situations where if it had popped out during the fight it could have been fatal for him".
"Hopefully this thing is only going to be four to six weeks, according to the doctors", he said at the post-fight press conference. "You only develop these methods through years of hard fought experience".
A Silva-McGregor fight is highly unlikely to happen, though.
This caused Adesanya-Silva, the scheduled co-feature, to get bumped up to the main spot. Adesanya showed great respect for Silva's counters and never fully opened up.
The UFC offered refunds to disappointed fans who had bought tickets to see Whittaker in action, but only a handful of fans accepted them.
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. After several hours of observation, he was admitted to the hospital at 3 a.m. Rob is just out of surgery for a twisted and collapsed bowel in addition to an internal hernia of the intestine and will be recovering in the hospital for several days. His team released a statement on how he fell ill during the pay-per-view card last night.
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