The UFC makes its return to the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday, February 9 for the first PPV of the year.
UFC middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker, puts his title on the line against a dangerous contender in Kelvin Gastelum. Both men recently coached The Ultimate Fighter 28: Heavy Hitters and are finally scheduled to scrap for the new undisputed Legacy Belt.
In the co-main event, the up-and-coming star, Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya, takes on former UFC middleweight king and legend, Anderson “The Spider” Silva.
Here are the fights you definitely don’t want to miss at UFC 234:
The fights to watch at UFC 234
Devonte Smith vs Dong Hyun Ma
Jimmy Crute vs Sam Alvey
Alvey saved the day, filling in for Ryann Spann at UFC 234. As for his opponent, the rising prospect and Contenders Series alum, Jim Crute, makes a quick turnaround to open the main card against Alvey in a scrap you don't want to miss. Alvey is a great competitor who looks to derail the hype train. Crute is showing that he is a top prospect and rising star in the light heavyweight division. Although both men have been goofing around on social media and during their face-offs, their fight has potential to win a bonus and the attention of fight fanatics. Keep an eye on Crute - win or lose, he's the future of the division.
Rani Yahya (#15) vs Ricky Simon
Rani Yahya is a fighter who has been making tons of noise as of late, and with the chance to be on a PPV card, this is his chance to show off and show the world what he is made of. As for Ricky Simon, the same is at stake. He has a chance to put his name on the map and a chance to get a number next to his name. This is going to be a great fight that you definitely do not want to miss on Saturday night.
Israel Adesanya (#6) vs Anderson Silva (#15)
Robert Whittaker (C) vs Kelvin Gastelum (#4)