Kelvin Gastelum Believes He Is Now The UFC Middleweight Champion

Lawrence Kim
February 11, 2019

UFC 234 will take place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia and fans are in for an absolute treat, though one that's missing the day's primary entertainment.

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

The 29-year-old was full of respect for Silva, 43.

"Kevin, put that belt down, seriously", Adesanya barked.

"He had abdominal pain and was finally taken to the hospital by the UFC at 1am and was trying everything to remain in the fight, refusing any treatment that would force him out of the fight", Prates said.

Silva eventually started charging forward more and more as time ticked away on the clock and that's when he managed to tag Adesanya with some stiff shots of his own.

Adesanya is now undefeated in five UFC fights and 16 MMA bouts. "This is it for me", Adesanya said after the fight - after which he and Anderson Silva bowed down simultaneously in a showing of mutual respect - the younger pupil having rightfully earned his idol's respect. Many, including Conor McGregor, blasted Gastelum's act. Gastelum, of California, is riding a two-fight win streak, including a split-decision victory over Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza.

"I love my job". I know it's tough. "This game is tough", Silva told the crowd after the bout. This is my life. "I continue to fight because this is my heart".

While Adesanya prevailed in what was billed as a No. 1 contender fight, it's unclear how the division will play out after champion Robert Whittaker withdrew from his title defense versus Kelvin Gastelum due to injury.

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.

With the champ out, it was Adesanya's opportunity to shine.

UFC boss Dana White, who was sitting front-row next to Damon and Hemsworth, later revealed how the Hollywood stars reacted during the brilliant fight. After just missing on a wicked head kick attempt, he smiled at Silva and held his fingers an inch apart. It is his fifth win in the UFC, all of which have come in the past 12 months.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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