UFC 234:Israel Adesanya out swaggers Anderson Silva

Robert Whittaker Kelvin Gasteum UFC 234

Whittaker is a Sydney, Australia native and was a massive favorite in his home country. Whittaker, according to White, is expected to miss four to eight weeks.

"The kid's got it", White said.

6 Degrees Management, who manage Whittaker, released a statement during the event that the middleweight champion required dual surgery for a twisted and collapsed bowel as well as an internal hernia of the intestine.

Gastelum, a former victor of The Ultimate Fighter, conducted interviews after the news with a title belt.

Gastelum's manager Ali Abdelaziz told Ariel Helwani on ESPN Radio that he hopes to see Gastelum face Israel Adesanya in April for an interim title.

The win takes Nigerian-New Zealander a step closer to a potential trans-Tasman UFC middleweight title showdown with Australian Robert Whittaker, and sees the ethereal fighter take his professional record to 16-0.

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Whittaker, 28, made weight for his bout against American Kelvin Gastelum before pulling out at the 11th hour with a "potentially fatal" abdominal hernia. Adesanya sidestepped the blow, however, and went back to work.

Unlike in Whittaker's last supposed title defense, there were no problems at the weigh-in as the scale totaled 185 pounds for Whittaker compared to 184 for Gastelum.

Immediately after the fight ended, Silva was overheard saying to Adesanya: "I pass the baton to you".

He was slated to headline UFC 234 against USA challenger Kelvin Gastelum at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena on Sunday but had to pull out. 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.

"F*ck, he didn't want the surgery, he wanted to fight", Prates said.

Silva and Diaz fought one of the more freaky bouts in UFC history in 2013, where neither seemed very interested in throwing major strikes. "It was a fun fight to watch with two guys who are incredibly talented", UFC President Dana White said at Saturday's post-fight press conference.

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