Nigerian Kiwi Israel Adesanya’s climb to the highest point of the UFC middleweight division has hit the boosters with the confirmation that he will battle one of the best MMA contenders ever.
‘The Last Stylebender’ will be in the Octagon in front of former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who will be back from a two-year gap.
UFC manager Dana White has said on Saturday that the 185-pound fight is required to fill in as the UFC 234 co-headliner on February 10.
43-year-old Silva hasn’t been in the octagon since a decision win against Derek Brunson in February 2017. He fizzled an irregular drug test in October 2017; in any case, the United States Anti-Doping Agency eventually governed the positive test was caused by a contaminated dietary enhancement. Silva consented to a one-year suspension.
Adesanya has been the break out star for the UFC in 2018 winning four straight battles while staying undefeated in MMA at 15-0.
The battle among Silva and Adesanya is required to be the co-headliner of UFC 234 which happens on February 10. Robert Whittaker will protect his middleweight championship against Kelvin Gastelum in the headliner.
At UFC Adelaide, Adesanya did something very disgusting, yet, very Australian.
Israel Adesanya did a “shoey” at UFC Adelaide. A “shoey” is a thing in Australia where they drink beer from one’s shoe!
— UFC Aus/New Zealand (@UFC_AUSNZ) December 2, 2018
Adesanya’s mom reacted to it, and Adesanya revealed how she reacted, on Twitter.
Shoutout to Mom xo pic.twitter.com/uGCznoxraj
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) December 2, 2018