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10:05  10 february  2019
10:05  10 february  2019 Source:   msn.com

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It forced UFC executives to move Adesanya and Silva into the main event spot, where they produced a crowd-pleasing showcase of martial arts striking as they went all the way to the judges' scorecards after three rounds of gripping action. Adesanya 's superior striking and higher work rate saw the

The UFC middleweight title fight between Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum may be off, but the UFC 234 fight card in Melbourne goes ahead with a middleweight title eliminator in Welcome to RT Sport's live coverage of UFC 234, which comes live from the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne , Australia.

Adesanya overcomes UFC legend in Melbourne© Image: Getty Israel Adesanya beat UFC great Anderson Silva. New Zealand's Israel Adesanya has taken another step towards UFC middleweight glory with a captivating unanimous decision victory over Brazilian great Anderson Silva at UFC 234 in Melbourne.

Thrust into the headline act at the last hour after an injury put paid to Robert Whittaker's title defence against Kelvin Gastelum,

'The Last Stylebender' soaked up the bright lights and combined with the Brazilian great to conduct a striking symphony on Rod Laver Arena's centre-court.

Adesanya spoke openly pre-fight about the impact Silva - undoubtedly the greatest middleweight of all time- had on his style as an amateur fighter, and that influence was plain to see as, at times, the two almost mirrored one another on the feet.

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Israel Adesanya faces off with Anderson Silva ahead of their middleweight main event bout at UFC 234 on Saturday at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne , Australia.

Emotions were running high at the UFC 234 weigh-ins, but not in the way we're used to seeing, as co-main event stars Anderson Silva and Israel Adesanya both had to fight back the Now the pair will do battle in the co-main event in Melbourne with a shot at the UFC middleweight title awaiting the winner.

After an extended feeling out period, Adesanya was the first to establish himself in the striking duel, leading with leg kicks and wobbling Silva twice as he circled out of the Brazilian's range.

Both fighters soon warned into their rhythm and the entertainment ensued, the two drawing awe-inspired roars from the sold-out Australian faithful as they exchanged unorthodox techniques and playful taunts.

The gamesmanship continued into the third round, Silva - somewhat surprisingly, clearly the crowd favourite - beckoning Adesanya into his range as the Kiwi looked to operate from distance.

That approach appeared to pay off as the contest drew to a close, with Adesanya varying his shots to good effect as Silva - whose face wore the majority of the damage - was unable to keep pace.

Adesanya spoke openly pre-fight about the impact Silva - undoubtedly the great middleweight of all time- had on his style as an amateur fighter, and that influence was plain to see as, at times, the two almost mirrored one another on the feet.

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At the UFC 234 weigh-ins, Israel Adesanya and Anderson Silva faced off for the final time ahead of their co-main event fight this weekend in Melbourne .

Israel Adesanya defeated former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva via unanimous decision in Melbourne , Australia, emerging victorious from the eleventh hour main event of UFC 234. Good way for Anderson to go out right there. If that’s the plan. Legend of the sport. # ufc 234.

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