A battle of youth and experience at middleweight will occur in the co-main event of UFC 234, when former longtime champion Anderson Silva faces 2018 breakout sensation Israel Adesanya.
Adesanya is looking for the biggest win of his career, and one that could lead him towards a title shot, Silva is looking to revive his career. In fact, UFC President Dana White has promised him a title shot with a win.
Silva has not looked the same since his dominant reign of the UFC’s middleweight division came to an end at the hands of Chris Weidman in 2013. Since then, Silva has dealt with a broken leg, a failed drug test following his UFC 183 comeback, losses to Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier, a controversial win over Derek Brunson and a one-year USADA suspension.
The Brunson bout was Silva’s most recent, and that was almost exactly two years ago at UFC 208.
According to White, while Silva has a 185-pound clash with the winner of UFC 234’s main event — Robert Whittaker defending against Kelvin Gastelum — with a win, a violent knockout loss could mean the end.
“I don’t know. I would probably imagine [it would be the end],” White said. “But, who knows with this guy.”
Original Story: TMZ