MELBOURNE, Australia – Win or lose in his fight against Israel Adesanya at UFC 234 on Saturday, Anderson Silva knows what he wants.
Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC), the former UFC middleweight champion who is set to return from a two-year layoff against Adesanya (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC), is seeking a three-month turnaround to compete at May’s planned UFC 237 in his native Brazil.
“The Spider” did not comment on any potential opponents for the card, but given the fact he was forced to withdraw from UFC 198 in May 2016, which was the organization’s previous Curitiba stadium event, he would like to make up for it.
“My focus now is for this fight,” Silva told reporters, including MMAjunkie, at the UFC 234 pre-fight press conference. “I think hopefully I win this fight – or not – but I think my plan is to fight in Curitiba. (It is) my city, my country, with my next opponent. That’s my goal.”
UFC 234 takes place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.
The outcome of Silva’s fight against unbeaten rising star Adesanya will play a heavy role on whether he fits on UFC 237, which takes place May 11. The ex-champ has been promised a title shot against the winner of Saturday’s 185-pound title headliner between Robert Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) and Kelvin Gastelum (15-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC).
Whittaker was asked about potentially going to Brazil to defend against Silva is he retains his title, but he deflected the question and said he’s not going to overlook his current opponent.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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