- May 14, 2016
Unfortunately the main event Middleweight Title match of Whittaker vs Gastelum will not happen, Whittaker pulled out of the fight last minute due to a hernia.
Now the new main is a #1 contenders match of Israel "The Last Stylebender" Adesanya vs Legend Anderson "The Spider" Silva.
Israel Adesanya the upcoming new star has been on a tear since hitting the UFC, long time history as one of the best Kickboxers of all-time with a 75-5 record & is undefeated in MMA at 15-0.
He's one of my favorite fighters in the UFC I was already a fan of his when he was fighting at Glory. He's an elite tactical striker with superb stand up game, arguably the best striker in the UFC outside of Jon Jones or Max Holloway. He's coming off a 4 fight win streak with a 1st round TKO vs Derek Brunson just 4 events ago on UFC 230. He's a potential star in the UFC & a future 185lbs Champion.
The Legend himself Spider Silva the former 185lbs champion that had 13 straight title defenses during his reign as champ. One of the greatest fighter in UFC history, hasn't fought in 2 years since UFC 208 but was coming off of a 4 fight losing streak towards the end of his career with L's to Bisping, Weidman twice & Cormier.
He has an advantage over Adesanya in his experience & his Jiu-Jitsu, he's a 3rd degree Black belt in BJJ under Noguiera, while Izzy is only a Blue belt & hasn't really had too many fights go to the ground yet.
Adesanya is 29 & Silva is 43, maybe age will not factor in at all but I just have a hard time thinking Silva still has enough left in the tank. I got Israel Adesanya for the win, I think he gets the stoppage in the 4th round. I'm a huge fan of both fighters & would be happy if Silva came back & won, I just think it's Adesanya's time now. Who yall got?