UFC 234: Adesanya vs. Silva -- how to watch, plus full analysis

Israel Adesanya, left, gets his main event on Saturday, taking on legend Anderson Silva in the UFC 234 main event in Melbourne, Australia. Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

A crossroads clash between legendary former middleweight champion Anderson Silva and rising star Israel Adesanya is the last-minute headline bout of UFC 234, which takes place Saturday in Melbourne, Australia. The main card is on pay-per-view, starting at 10 p.m. ET, with four prelims on ESPN/ESPN Deportes at 8 p.m. Early prelims begin at 7 on UFC Fight Pass.

The new main event replaces a middleweight championship bout between champion Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum, which was canceled on Saturday after Whittaker was hospitalized with a hernhia.

Stepping up from the co-main event slot is undefeated sensation Adesanya, a Nigerian who fights out of New Zealand, and longtime champ Silva (34-8).

Fans can check out FightCenter for live coverage of the event.

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