The promotion confirmed the 185-pound booking to ESPN
on Saturday night. UFC 234 takes place at Rod Laver Arena in
Melbourne, Australia, on Feb. 9 and is expected to feature a
middleweight championship clash between Robert
Whittaker and Kelvin
Adesanya has established himself as one of the sport’s
up-and-coming stars while compiling a 15-0 professional mark. “The
Last Stylebender” is 4-0 in the Octagon, including a first-round
TKO of Derek
Brunson in his last outing at UFC 230.
Silva, meanwhile, is returning from a one-year USADA suspension for
a failed drug test ahead of a proposed bout against Gastelum at UFC
Fight Night 122. The 43-year-old Brazilian hasn’t competed since
February 2017, when he ended a five-bout winless streak with a
contentious decision win against Brunson at UFC 208.