A middleweight match up between former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and No.6 ranked middleweight Israel Adesanya has been added to UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia. The bout will serve as the co-main event, UFC president Dana White confirmed the news to Brett Okomoto of ESPN this past Saturday.
Anderson Silva (34-8-1) is returning from a one year suspension given by USADA for a failed drugs test stemming from a contaminated substance. He last fought at UFC 208 in February 2017 where he took away a unanimous decision victory over Derek Brunson. This was his first win since 2012 after suffering losses to Chris Weidman, Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier.
Israel Adesanya (15-0) is currently undefeated and quickly climbing the UFC middleweight rankings. He has fought four times this year since making his UFC debut back in February with two out of the four wins coming via 1st and 2nd round TKO.
UFC 234 is headlined by a middleweight title fight between current champion Robert Whittaker and title contender Kelvin Gastelum. This event will take place at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia Feb. 9.