UFC 234 takes place this Saturday live on PPV at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Australia’s own Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker will defend his middleweight (185 lbs.) title against No. 4 Kelvin Gastelum.
Whittaker (20-4) is coming off a fight of the year candidate against his biggest rival, Yoel Romero, in their rematch at UFC 225 in June. The split decision was a non-title bout due to Romero missing weight by .2 pounds. Whittaker won the interim middleweight title against Romero by unanimous decision at UFC 213 in 2017.
Whittaker was then promoted to champion when Georges St-Pierre vacated the title due to injury. Whittaker will be looking to make the first defense of his title in front of his home crowd.
Gastelum (15-3-1) will be looking to shock the world and become the new champion. Gastelum is coming off back-to-back wins against former champion Michael Bisping (first-round knockout) and longtime middleweight contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza back in May 2018. Gastelum is 3-1-1 since returning to the middleweight division back in 2016. This will be Gastelum’s first opportunity at championship gold.
In the co-main event, longtime UFC veteran and former middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva will be making his long-awaited return against rising prospect and No. 6 contender, Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya.
Silva (34-8-1) is considered by many to be the greatest fighter of all time. He defended the middleweight title 10 times, second most of any champion in UFC history, from 2007 to 2012. Silva faced many of the sport’s best athletes and beat them all until he fell to Chris Weidman by second-round knockout in 2013.
Silva will be coming off a one-year suspension for testing positive for steroids back in 2017.
Adesanya (15-0) will be looking to pick up the biggest win of his career by beating one of the greatest fighters of all time. Adesanya is coming off a first-round knockout win over Derek Brunson at UFC 230 in November.
Adesanya made his UFC debut in Feb. 2018 and won by second-round TKO. Adesanya quickly got back in the octagon and defeated Martin Vetorri by split decision in April. Adesanya then took a step-up in competition and fought No. 10 ranked Brad Tavares in a July 5 main event and dominated his way to a unanimous decision.
Adesanya will be looking to make a statement this Saturday, and a win over someone like Silva will certainly show the world what he’s capable of.
Tune into UFC 234 this Saturday to watch all the amazing fights!