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UFC 234 Results: Adesanya Wins, But Lets Anderson Silva Bang, Bro

Last night’s UFC 234 main event was noticeably lacking in terms of having a hometown champ defend his belt against a dangerous challenger. However, what it did have was ultra-hot rising star Israel Adesanya trying out his next-level striking skills against the man who first introduced the world to next-level striking skills: Anderson Silva.

And thankfully, Adesanya let Silva bang, bro.

For three rounds, Adesanya danced, flicked out strikes at improbable angles, and scored points. But for three rounds, the former champ did the same, and though he was noticeably a step behind and a bit slower, he scored here and there.

It was actually quiet thrilling to see a younger version of Silva in the cage against the older version.

We so rarely get to see our old heroes go out gracefully. They usually get brutally maimed and murdered by the next generation hungry for blood. So it was cool to see Silva do his thing, and come away with just some dings and bruises.

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It Looks Like Conor McGregor vs. Cowboy Cerrone Might Happen… For a Belt!

If Instagram posts are to be believed, then it seems like the match-up between Conor McGregor and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone might actually happen. And for an interim belt!

Keep in mind that this news tidbit is coming from Cowboy’s social media account, and for all we know, he could be on a Jack Daniels bender and shouting at clouds right now.

But another interim belt in rotation… (Note: This whole interim lightweight belt thing is floating around because champ Khabib Nurmagomedov said he’ll be out until November – which isn’t out of the ordinary, because the dude does observe Ramadan.)

It Looks Like Conor McGregor vs. Cowboy Cerrone Might Happen… For a Belt!

If Instagram posts are to be believed, then it seems like the match-up between Conor McGregor and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone might actually happen. And for an interim belt!

Keep in mind that this news tidbit is coming from Cowboy’s social media account, and for all we know, he could be on a Jack Daniels bender and shouting at clouds right now.

But another interim belt in rotation… (Note: This whole interim lightweight belt thing is floating around because champ Khabib Nurmagomedov said he’ll be out until November – which isn’t out of the ordinary, because the dude does observe Ramadan.)

Remember When the Middleweight Division Was Compelling?

This weekend’s edition of Octagon goodness takes place in Australia, so of course the UFC has their resident champ from Down Under on the card: Robert Whittaker. Which is fine – Whittaker is tough, he’s skilled, and he more than earned the belt. But his presence as a headliner, opposite TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum, is sort of a glaring reminder that the middleweight division… well… it used to be a lot more compelling.

Back in the day, we had Anderson Silva as champ, and he was straight-up ganking people.

Then we had Chris Weidman, Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping making each other’s lives miserable. Which was good entertainment! But sadly, that whole thread ran out when Georges St. Pierre emerged from retirement to wreck Bisping, before slinking back into the shadows again.

Don’t get me wrong. Whittaker is a decent champ. When not dealing with injuries, he’s active, and he wins.

But his wins are rarely awe-inspiring. In two go-arounds with Yoel Romero, Whittaker took two decisions – and the last one was a close split decision. That does not an exciting division make.

So yeah, UFC 234. Gastelum. Who didn’t get past Weidman, but did at least knock out an old Bisping and decision Jacare. Ho-humm.

When can we have excitement, again?

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Remember When the Middleweight Division Was Compelling?

This weekend’s edition of Octagon goodness takes place in Australia, so of course the UFC has their resident champ from Down Under on the card: Robert Whittaker. Which is fine – Whittaker is tough, he’s skilled, and he more than earned the belt. But his presence as a headliner, opposite TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum, is sort of a glaring reminder that the middleweight division… well… it used to be a lot more compelling.

Back in the day, we had Anderson Silva as champ, and he was straight-up ganking people.

Then we had Chris Weidman, Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping making each other’s lives miserable. Which was good entertainment! But sadly, that whole thread ran out when Georges St. Pierre emerged from retirement to wreck Bisping, before slinking back into the shadows again.

Don’t get me wrong. Whittaker is a decent champ. When not dealing with injuries, he’s active, and he wins.

But his wins are rarely awe-inspiring. In two go-arounds with Yoel Romero, Whittaker took two decisions – and the last one was a close split decision. That does not an exciting division make.

So yeah, UFC 234. Gastelum. Who didn’t get past Weidman, but did at least knock out an old Bisping and decision Jacare. Ho-humm.

When can we have excitement, again?

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Remember When the Middleweight Division Was Compelling?

This weekend’s edition of Octagon goodness takes place in Australia, so of course the UFC has their resident champ from Down Under on the card: Robert Whittaker. Which is fine – Whittaker is tough, he’s skilled, and he more than earned the belt. But his presence as a headliner, opposite TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum, is sort of a glaring reminder that the middleweight division… well… it used to be a lot more compelling.

Back in the day, we had Anderson Silva as champ, and he was straight-up ganking people.

Then we had Chris Weidman, Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping making each other’s lives miserable. Which was good entertainment! But sadly, that whole thread ran out when Georges St. Pierre emerged from retirement to wreck Bisping, before slinking back into the shadows again.

Don’t get me wrong. Whittaker is a decent champ. When not dealing with injuries, he’s active, and he wins.

But his wins are rarely awe-inspiring. In two go-arounds with Yoel Romero, Whittaker took two decisions – and the last one was a close split decision. That does not an exciting division make.

So yeah, UFC 234. Gastelum. Who didn’t get past Weidman, but did at least knock out an old Bisping and decision Jacare. Ho-humm.

When can we have excitement, again?

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Wanderlei Silva Showing Inevitable Signs of Brain Trauma

That violence check Wanderlei Silva wrote in the cage for years is now being cashed by his brain.

Apparently, the legendary Brazilian striker – beloved for his ferocity and reckless abandon in fights – let it be known that he’s showing all the signs of sustained brain trauma.

This is sad, but inevitable, news. I mean, we loved the dude because he had a warm personality outside of the cage, but a killer, killer instinct in the cage. And ultimately, all those punches and kicks to the head come at a cost.

Here’s MMAJunkie:

The California State Athletic Commission is taking “very, very seriously” a recent interview from Wanderlei Silva, who on Tuesday said he suffers from concussion symptoms.

“We’re going to have to make sure he’s neurologically fit to go,” CSAC Executive Director Andy Foster today told MMAjunkie. “If fighters say things like this in the press, we have to follow up. He’s welcome to fight here if he’s medically cleared.”

Silva, 42, told Portal Vale Tudo he self-identified eight of the 10 symptoms of head trauma while at a lecture on the topic of concussions. He cited difficulties with mood swings, memory lapses and sleeping.

“In our time … I believed that the more punches you took, the more you could bear it,” Silva said (via Google translate). “And it’s the other way around: The more punches you take, the less you can handle at the time of the fight.”

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Wanderlei Silva Showing Inevitable Signs of Brain Trauma

That violence check Wanderlei Silva wrote in the cage for years is now being cashed by his brain.

Apparently, the legendary Brazilian striker – beloved for his ferocity and reckless abandon in fights – let it be known that he’s showing all the signs of sustained brain trauma.

This is sad, but inevitable, news. I mean, we loved the dude because he had a warm personality outside of the cage, but a killer, killer instinct in the cage. And ultimately, all those punches and kicks to the head come at a cost.

Here’s MMAJunkie:

The California State Athletic Commission is taking “very, very seriously” a recent interview from Wanderlei Silva, who on Tuesday said he suffers from concussion symptoms.

“We’re going to have to make sure he’s neurologically fit to go,” CSAC Executive Director Andy Foster today told MMAjunkie. “If fighters say things like this in the press, we have to follow up. He’s welcome to fight here if he’s medically cleared.”

Silva, 42, told Portal Vale Tudo he self-identified eight of the 10 symptoms of head trauma while at a lecture on the topic of concussions. He cited difficulties with mood swings, memory lapses and sleeping.

“In our time … I believed that the more punches you took, the more you could bear it,” Silva said (via Google translate). “And it’s the other way around: The more punches you take, the less you can handle at the time of the fight.”

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Wanderlei Silva Showing Inevitable Signs of Brain Trauma

That violence check Wanderlei Silva wrote in the cage for years is now being cashed by his brain.

Apparently, the legendary Brazilian striker – beloved for his ferocity and reckless abandon in fights – let it be known that he’s showing all the signs of sustained brain trauma.

This is sad, but inevitable, news. I mean, we loved the dude because he had a warm personality outside of the cage, but a killer, killer instinct in the cage. And ultimately, all those punches and kicks to the head come at a cost.

Here’s MMAJunkie:

The California State Athletic Commission is taking “very, very seriously” a recent interview from Wanderlei Silva, who on Tuesday said he suffers from concussion symptoms.

“We’re going to have to make sure he’s neurologically fit to go,” CSAC Executive Director Andy Foster today told MMAjunkie. “If fighters say things like this in the press, we have to follow up. He’s welcome to fight here if he’s medically cleared.”

Silva, 42, told Portal Vale Tudo he self-identified eight of the 10 symptoms of head trauma while at a lecture on the topic of concussions. He cited difficulties with mood swings, memory lapses and sleeping.

“In our time … I believed that the more punches you took, the more you could bear it,” Silva said (via Google translate). “And it’s the other way around: The more punches you take, the less you can handle at the time of the fight.”

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The Jose Aldo/Max Holloway Bromance Is the Best Bromance in All MMA

If not for the fistic stylings of Hawaiian slugger Max Holloway, it’s possible Jose Aldo would still be champ. But alas, in two go-arounds, Holloway beat the stuffing out of Aldo so thoroughly, it seemed like the Brazilian train was reaching its final destination.

But that doesn’t mean these two can’t be friends! And it certainly doesn’t preclude an epic bromance!

On Saturday night in Brazil, in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN+2, Aldo beat back fellow countryman Renato Moicano. It was a TKO reminiscent of the Aldo of old, and it prompted a social media comment from the reigning champ.

Aldo’s response? Oh, it was nothing but love, baby. As per MMAFighting:

“I think he’s a true champion,” Aldo said. “I’m happy about it because he deserves to be there, he deserves to be the champion. He achieved it, he’s battled from the beginning. He came into the UFC very young and I think that he conquered that. I have a lot of respect for him.

“He’s got a great story. He’s got a kid too, just like me, I have my family. So we defend that and I’m very happy and I wish him all the best at featherweight or at lightweight. I hope that he continues with his victorious path, always healthy.

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