Adesanya wins his biggest fight yet

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Whittaker was forced out of his UFC 234 main event bout opposite Kelvin Gastelum after requiring urgent surgery on Sunday morning.

The New Zealand fighter has beaten his idol, Brazilian legend Anderson Silva, by unanimous decision in UFC 234 in Melbourne.

In the first round, 29-year-old Adesanya landed several kicks and right hands.

Silva and Diaz fought one of the more freakish bouts in UFC history in 2013, where neither seemed very interested in throwing major strikes. "That first round was like a kung-fu movie", White said of the bout.

The most unsafe moment for Adesanya came in the third round, when Silva launched into a flying knee attempt. Adesanya dominated the strike count and his leg strikes were far more frequent, leading the judges to come to the same conclusion.

After three rounds of gripping action, Adesanya was unanimously declared the victor with scores of 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27, taking his career record to 16-0.

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Originally billed as the co-main event, the Adesanya-Silva showdown was elevated to main event status, and it didn't disappoint. Every time Silva managed to force Adesanya to back up, he did his best work in the fight.

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UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia drew a reported sold out crowd of 15,238 for a gate of $3,484,855 (AUD).

It is understood Whittaker started complaining to his coaching staff late on Saturday evening of pain in his abdomen.

He also managed to take a shot at top ranked contender Kelvin Gastelum, who was walking around with a title on his shoulder all night while proclaiming that he was the new middleweight champion by default since Whittaker failed to compete on Saturday night. His family was fighting with him because he didn't want to go to the hospital.

'I turned up to fight, ' he said, declaring he was the champion as Whitaker had effectively forfeited the fight.

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