UFC 234: Three Things We Learned

Anderson Silva Credit: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Credit: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

It was the first UFC PPV event of the year, and despite no titles being on the line, UFC 234 was still a fun card. Here’s three things we learned from the card down under.

Following the removal of Robert Whittaker from UFC 234, the card felt deflated. There seemed to be no buzz, and it was too late to find another fight to install as a title fight. It was also too late to pull the card off PPV and put it on ESPN despite the fact that the event probably didn’t deserve to have a price tag of 60$. Despite this, those that tuned in were treated to one of the most fun main cards in recent memory.

With that being said, here’s some of the biggest news and headlines coming out of Australia and UFC 234.

3Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva lived up to the hype

There appeared to be two camps going into UFC 234: one being that Israel Adesanya and Anderson Silva would put on a show and have a great fight. The other side believed that Adesanya would simply destroy Silva, stealing the torch from him in the process. Well as it turned out, the first side was correct, as the fight between the legend and the rising star won Fight of the Night.

Anderson Silva and Israel Adesanya engaged in a game of “Anything you can do, I can do better.” Throwing tons of spinning kicks and creative attacks, both had their fair share of showmanship during the fight. Many interactions and exchanges in the fight got the crowd to their feet and gave a show to a live crowd that was feeling a little under the weather due to their countryman falling out of the main event.

Silva vs. Adesanya showed a lot for both men. It solidified the position of Israel Adesanya being the number one contender once the title picture clears up. It also showed that Anderson Silva, despite being 43 years old, is still considered one of the greatest fighters of all time and is still a crafty veteran even as he career winds down.