Anderson Silva, 43, impresses in unanimous decision loss to Israel Adesanya

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As the punches and kicks continued to fly, Adesanya was just racking up far more significant strikes landed but Silva never went away and continued to throw counter shots until the final horn sounded.

After the fight, the 43-year-old Silva said that he hopes to continue his fighting career and is looking to be on the UFC 237 card, which will reportedly take place on May 11 at a 45,000 capacity stadium in his hometown of Curitiba, Brazil. Adesanya has won five consecutive fights in the Octagon, tying him for the second-longest active winning streak in the middleweight division.

Israel Adesanya looked a bit star struck when he faced former middleweight champion and all-time great Anderson Silva, who he admitted to looking up to following their weigh-ins on Friday, however that did not deter the up and coming contender from out striking Silva en route to a unanimous decision victory.

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The most unsafe moment for Adesanya came in the third round, when Silva launched into a flying knee attempt. Every time Silva managed to force Adesanya to back up, he did his best work in the fight.

"If I'm playing basketball this is like playing Michael Jordan", he said. "I showed up, traveled thousands and thousands of miles from home, made the weight".

UFC president Dana White laughed off Kelvin Gastelum's claim to the UFC middleweight world title at UFC 234 after champion Robert Whittaker was forced out of their title fight through illness.

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Provided Robert Whittaker heals quickly, it sounds as though the UFC's intention is rebook his planned fight with Kelvin Gastelum - perhaps as soon as April. "Player one has the controller and I showed up".

As for what comes next, it's almost impossible to say after Whittaker was forced into surgery that may keep him sidelined for several weeks or perhaps even months.

Gastelum wished Whittaker a speedy recovery. But the Brazilian soaked up the energy of the crowd to turn back the clock and make the fight shockingly competitive. "This is my heart". "I'm the guy fighting for the belt".

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"I think it's a very interesting fight, because the last fight was a no contest".