On Saturday, Feb. 9 (in North America), the UFC hosted UFC 234: Adesanya vs. Silva from the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

The event was expected to feature middleweight champion Robert Whittaker putting his belt on the line against Kelvin Gastelum, but just hours before the event, UFC President Dana White announced that Whittaker had been hospitalized with a hernia and was off the card.

As a result, the night’s scheduled co-headliner between undefeated kickboxing stalwart Israel Adesanya and former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva was elevated to main event status.

The 11-fight event kicked off with two prelims streaming on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET. Four additional preliminary-card bouts followed on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, with the night’s five-fight main card airing live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.

Israel Adesanya def. Anderson Silva by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Lando Vannata def. Marcos Mariano by submission (kimura). Round 1, 4:55
Ricky Simon def. Rani Yahya by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)
Montana De La Rosa def. Nadia Kassem by submission (armbar). Round 2, 2:37
Jim Crute def. Sam Alvey by TKO (punches). Round 1, 2:49
Devonte Smith def. Dong Hyun Ma by TKO (punches). Round 1, 3:53
Shane Young def. Austin Arnett by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Kai Kara-France def. Raulian Paiva by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Kyung Ho Kang def. Teruto Ishihara by technical submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 3:59
Jalin Turner def. Callan Potter by knockout (strikes). Round 1, 0:53
Jonathan Martinez def. Wuliji Buren by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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