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UFC 234 post-fight bonuses: Adesanya vs Silva takes FOTN honors

Check out our breakdown of the UFC 234: Adesanya vs. Silva post-fight bonuses from Melbourne, Australia.

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The Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia was home to a fairly fun night of fights, despite having lost the main event title bout between Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum. The event marks the UFC’s first pay-per-view event of the year. The card saw three (T)KOs, three submissions, five decisions, including one split-decision.

Performances of the Night: Devonte Smith, Montana De La Rosa

Devonte Smith and Dong Hyun Ma got off to a bit of a slow start, but a couple minutes in, after some lackluster kicking exchanges, a combo from Smith has the maestro hurt. He keeps landing and Ma goes down. Smith follows with 3-4 well placed blows and the fight is over.

Devonte Smith gets the first-round finish and fifty large for his quick work

Montana De La Rosa dominated Nadia Kassem from the start with a flurry of punches to open the fight. Kassem ends up on her back, but ends up mounted by MDLR, who is landing punches intermittently, but then the action. Just. Stopped. The ref decides not to stand them up, and it wasn’t until the last seconds that MDLR got active again while looking for an armbar.

The second round was a carbon copy of the first, with MDLR charging, punching, putting Kassem on her back, getting mount and submission hunting. This round is not a carbon copy of the first, though. MDLR has an incredibly tight armbar, and Kassem isn’t panicking. MDLR makes the necessary adjustments, and now Kassem is in a triangle, taking puches from all angles. MDLR rolls on top, goes for the armbar again, and Nadia finally taps.

Montana De La Rosa gets the win and $50,000 for her complete domination of Kassem

Fight of the Night: Anderson Silva vs. Israel Adesanya

Anderson Silva was expected by many to get completely destroyed in his battle with rising star Israel Adesanya, but apparently, the Spider didn’t get the memo. The two came out tentatively, not doing much for the first round until the end where we got a little showboating.

The second round was a different story, though, with both men trading punches and kicks, and Silva surprisingly doing well. Adesanya’s hard leg kicks were definitely taking a toll, though, and even though Silva would try to present stoic front, you could briefly catch him wincing. That said, he took the round, at least in my humble opinion.

The final round saw some air and element manipulation from both men, and more trading, but Silva’s moments were fewer here in the final stanza, and Adesanya did more than enough to claim the round.

The fight was a pleasant surprise, and the respectful display towards each other after the fight was a perfect end to a very fun fight.

Israel Adesanya gets the UD win and both men take away $50K richer for their entertaining efforts

Gate: 2.5M US

Announced Attendance: 15,238