Conor McGregor, Kelvin Gastelum Trade Barbs over 'Ringworm' Comment

Conor McGregor, Kelvin Gastelum Trade Barbs over 'Ringworm' Comment

Originally scheduled as the co-headliner, Adesanya ended up facing former middleweight champion Anderson Silva in the main event and ultimately earned a unanimous decision victory while the two fighters thrilled the Melbourne, Australia crowd over all 15 minutes.

Adesanya battered the legs of Silva as he landed 29 of 31 strikes down low.

Adesanya got the better of the exchanges - as he lowered the defence of Silva with his low kicks and bodywork - to land some crushing shots to the head.

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.

Two judges scored the fight 30-27 to Adesanya and the third had it 29-28.

"We have most of this year laid out already and I don't think one of those is to come back to Australia with a title fight", White said.

"This is like, for a kid, if I played basketball against Michael Jordan. this is it for me", Adesanya said.

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'What they told me was that his colon and intestines had popped out, ' White said in the post-show press conference.

"I love my job". Time is not your friend in this business and when one guy decides to take time it's not fair to everyone else who is grinding and fighting. This is my life.

The main event was supposed to feature a middleweight title fight between Australian Robert Whittaker and his challenger Kelvin Gastelum.

Taking to Twitter to express some thoughts a day after the fight, Weidman said Adesanya was a "tad bit overrated". The Aussie champ was diagnosed with a hernia, underwent emergency surgery and is now recovering, according to White.

At the moment, there's no immediate timetable in place for when he could possibly return to action.

The second round saw the best out of Silva all fight as he started to open up with his combinations and he began finding a home for his right hand on Adesanya's jaw. "I'm going to go back to training, go back to see my family and maybe I fight in Curitiba". It is his fifth win in the UFC, all of which have come in the past 12 months.

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