A dream matchup of sorts featuring the most dominant and exciting middleweights of one era, taking on the hottest up and comer of the current era, will take place at UFC 234 this coming February.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto is reporting that Anderson Silva will fight Israel Adesanya at the Feb. 9 event from Melbourne, Australia. This would be Silva’s first fight after a one-year suspension for a drug test failure that was deemed to be unintentional.
Silva reigned over UFC’s middleweight division for a nearly seven-year title run from 2006-2013. Silva has only one win on his record in his five fights since losing the title, a highly disputed decision win over Derek Brunson at UFC 208 in Feb. 2017. Silva won a unanimous decision over Nick Diaz in Jan. 2015 but the win was overturned after Silva failed a drug test.
Adesanya has been on a tear of late, winning all four of his UFC appearances in 2018. Most recently, he knocked out Derek Brunson in the first round at UFC 230.
UFC 234 is set to be headlined by a middleweight championship fight between Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum. Having Silva and Adesanya in the co-main event position could serve as insurance should Whittaker or Gastelum need to pull out of the championship fight.