Israel Adesanya has beaten UFC legend Anderson Silva.

The Kiwi middleweight sensation remains unbeaten in the octagon after defeating Silva in the main event of UFC 234 in Melbourne on Sunday.

The fight went to the scorecards after going the full three round distance but it was Adesanya that got the win via unanimous decision.

The three judges scored the fight 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27.

In his post-fight interview, Adesanya said fighting Silva was like fighting his idol.

“If I’m playing basketball this is like playing Michael Jordan,” he said.

Adesanya and Anderson’s fight was promoted to be the main event after the Melbourne card was thrown into turmoil early on Sunday morning when Kiwi-born Australian middleweight champion Robert Whittaker had to withdraw due to due to a hernia.

Whittaker’s title defence against Kelvin Gastelum was canned.

 

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