UFC 234 Whittaker vs Gastelum Live Full Fight, which happens at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, is headlined by a middleweight title bout pitting reigning champion ‘Bobby Knuckles’ Robert Whittaker versus ‘No nickname’ Kelvin Gastelum. This is Whittaker’s first title defense since he claimed the interim belt with a win over Yoel Romero in 2017. Whittaker’s interim status was upgraded to undisputed shortly after.
Date : Saturday, February 9, 2019
Start Time: Early Prelims at 6:30 p.m. ET,
TV Prelims at 8 p.m. ET,
Main Card (10:00 PM ET, PPV)
He beat Romero last year, too, but that was a non title belt thanks to some rogue ounces on Romero. For Gastelum this is his first title fight and it comes off of a two fight winning streak where he dispatched of Michael Bisping and Jacare Souza. Will he taste gold after the first chance he gets or will Whittaker keep the belt in Australia.
The co-main event presents another middleweight clash. Here the rising star Israel Adesanya will take on living legend Anderson Silva. Adesanya, one of last year’s most hyped prospects, will likely be in title contention if he is able to knock off the biggest name that has ever stood opposite him. For Silva, he’s just fighting for bragging rights at this stage of his career. Will the Spider show he still has some venom or are we about to enter the Stylebender Era?
The rest of the PPV card leaves a lot to be desired. It’s rounded out by Rani Yahya vs. Ricky Simon (bantamweight), Montana De La Rosa vs. Nadia Kassem (flyweight), and Jim Crute vs. Sam Alvey (light heavyweight).
With just hours left before showtime, UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has been forced to withdraw from his bout with Kelvin Gastelum later tonight (Sat., Feb. 9, 2019) at UFC 234 live on pay-per-vew (PPV) from inside Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, due to a hernia.
The first pay-per-view of 2019 for the UFC is upon us, as UFC 234 takes place on from the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
The main event finds Anderson Silva and Israel Adesanya doing battle as the future of the UFC looks to defeat his idol and a living legend.
This fight was elevated after Robert Whittaker was forced out of his title fight against Kelvin Gastelum due to a hernia found on the day of the fight.
It’s an unfortunate circumstance but, fortunately, the new main event has received a great deal of attention as Silva vs. Adesanya will likely be jam-packed with fireworks.
It’s an all-time great facing off with a man who could be his heir apparent as Anderson Silva looks to put out the firestorm of hype that comes with Israel Adesanya. Will this be Silva’s last stand or will the Brazilian put the brakes on the astronomical rise of Adesanya?