Daily Debate results: Which middleweight has most to prove at UFC 234?
Tonight at UFC 234, the future of the middleweight division is up for grabs with two huge fights at the top of the card.
In the main event, champion Robert Whittaker aims to defend his title against challenger Kelvin Gastelum. And in the co-headliner, it’s a rising star of the future vs. a legend of the past as Israel Adesanya takes on former longtime champion Anderson Silva.
Each man has something to prove heading into UFC 234 from Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, and it can be broken down like this:
- For Whittaker, it’s about proving he’s a dominant and great champion on home soil. He didn’t beat an undisputed champ to become the champ himself, and he’s dealt with a series of injuries that has relegated him to fighting for just the third time in 19 months.
- For Gastelum, it’s about proving the he belongs, proving the doubters wrong, which has been a theme throughout his career ever since he was the last pick on “The Ultimate Fighter 17,” which he went on to win. Becoming champion would put an end to that.
- For Adesanya, it’s about proving he is, in fact, the next big star in the UFC. There is no bigger name he could beat at middleweight than Anderson Silva.
- And for Silva, it’s about proving he still belongs at 43. Silva was promised a title shot by UFC President Dana White, which is why Silva took this dangerous fight in the first place. “The Spider,” who hasn’t fought in two years and is coming off a suspension, has to show that he deserves it with a great performance.
With all that in mind, we asked for our Daily Debate: Which of these fighters has the most to prove at UFC 234? Here are the results (via Twitter):
To hear the MMAjunkie Radio crew, along with “Phone Booth Fighting” host Richard Hunter, weigh in on the topic, watch the video above.
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