Anderson Silva heads into his fight this weekend against rising superstar Israel Adesanya at UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia as the underdog, with most fans predicting a straightforward victory from “The Last Stylebender.”
At 43 years old, the former middleweight king is well past his prime and is returning to the Octagon after nearly a two-year long layoff after serving a suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a failed drug test. “The Spider” is taking on a potential future champion in Adesanya who’s transitioned into MMA flawlessly after a successful pro kickboxing career.
Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White was asked about Silva’s future in the promotion if he were to get knocked out during the fight which is what most fans believe will happen (via BJPenn.com):
“I don’t know. I would probably imagine [it would be the end],” White said. “But, who knows with this guy.”
Silva has been fairly inactive inside the Octagon over recent years with a mixture of injuries and suspensions limiting his activity. The Brazilian won his last fight at UFC 208 over Derek Brunson in February 2017 although his previous win in the UFC came over Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153 in October 2012.