Can Gastelum keep the pressure high? Can Silva pick up the pace without getting hurt?
Zane Simon & Connor Ruebusch are back to break down this week’s UFC event in Melbourne, Australia. With picks and odds for every bout on the card. From Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum in the main event down to Wuliji Buren vs. Jonathan Martinez in the opening prelims.
UFC 234 is essentially a boxing PPV. A single title fight at the top to hook viewers in who are willing to pay to watch the champion compete (sadly for Robert Whittaker so far, that number has been low), and a showcase for rising talent Israel Adesanya (who the UFC expects people will pay to watch down the road) against an aging legend in Anderson Silva (who can still bring some notoriety to the table). That’s it. Everything else is just absolute filler. Even fights that would be decent on better booked cards look barely passable on this one.
If you’re interested in the meager prelim offerings, you can find those on the UFC 234 PRELIMS Vivi below (or watch it the old fashioned way on YouTube):
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Here’s a look at the upcoming UFC 234 card from the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, as it stands right now:
PPV MAIN CARD | 10PM/7PM ET&PT
Robert Whittaker vs Kelvin Gastelum - 6:50
Anderson Silva vs Israel Adesanya - 20:10
Rani Yahya vs Ricky Simón - 31:32
Nadia Kassem vs Montana De La Rosa - 41:35
Jim Crute vs Sam Alvey - 50:11
ESPN PRELIMS | 8PM/5PM ET&PT
Dong Hyun Ma vs Devonte Smith - 3:44
Austin Arnett vs Shane Young - 14:25
Kai Kara-France vs Raulian Paiva - 24:53
Teruto Ishihara vs Kyung Ho Kang - 39:04
FIGHT PASS PRELIMS | 6:30PM/3:30PM ET&PT
Lando Vannata vs Marcos Rosa - 48:39
Jalin Turner vs Callan Potter - 55:45
Wuliji Buren vs Jonathan Martinez - 1:05:08