Saturday, February 10, 2019, Melbourne, Australia
The first headlining UFC PPV event of the year was canceled. Now comes UFC 234 live from the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. The main event features middleweight champion and Australian resident Robert Whittaker returning to the Octagon to face the current No. 4-ranked contender Kelvin Gastelum. Spicing up the main card is the return of the legendary Anderson Silva who will face the undefeated Israel Adesanya.
UFC 234 Main Event
Robert Whittaker (c) -255 vs. Kelvin Gastelum +215
How good is Robert Whittaker? He has won nine fights in a row. Whittaker's last fight was UFC 225's main event last June where he earned his second straight victory over Yoel Romero. Now he fights in front of a home crowd that will be pumped to see their champion retain his title in fashion. The challenger Kelvin Gastelum is coming off a win over Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza last May at UFC 224 in Brazil.
Anderson Silva +475 vs. Israel Adesanya -650
While the UFC is selling this as Legend vs. Phenom fight, the betting odds suggest anything but. Silva is 43 and it would take a miracle of biblical proportions for Dana White to let his undefeated 185-pound prospect to lose to a has been. Silva won't go down easy. He is a former UFC Middleweight Champion and had the longest title reign in UFC at 2,457 days. That span of seven years included a UFC record 16 consecutive victories in that span. At his best Silva was the most feared fighter and White hopes that rubs off on Adesanya.
The rest of the UFC 234 card:
- Teruto Ishihara +250 vs. Kyung Ho Kang -325
- Shane Young -250 vs. Austin Arnett +190
- Wuliji Buren +155 vs. Jonathan Martinez -185
- Jim Crute -105 vs. Ryan Spann -125
- Kai Kara France -225 vs. Raulian Paiva +175
- Montana De La Rosa -225 vs. Nadia Kassem +175
When: February 10, 2019
Where: Melbourne, Australia
Robert Whittaker vs. Kevin Gastelum
Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva
Rani Yahya vs. Ricky Simon
Devonte Smith vs. Dong Hyun Ma
Jim Crute vs. Ryan Spann
Montana De La Rosa vs. Nadia Kassem
Kai Kara-France vs. Raulian Paiva
Teruto Ishihara vs. Kyung Ho Kang
Marcos Mariano vs. Lando Vannata
Alex Gorgees vs. Jalin Turner
Wuliji Buren vs. Jonathan Martinez
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.