The three-round fight went the distance and Adesanya claimed the win via a unanimous decision 29-28, 30-27, 30-27.
Silva said it was the equivalent of facing Michael Jordan in basketball.
Luckless Australian UFC champion Robert Whittaker is shattered after being forced to abandon his middleweight title defence due to a "freak" abdominal injury which could have proved fatal in a bout. "Well, this is it for me". Silva was declared victor by unanimous decision, but that was later overturned after he tested positive for drostanolone and androsterone. "The guy is always taking care of himself, he's a great martial artist and that was a fun fight".More news: Drake, Kendrick Lamar And Childish Gambino Decline Grammy Performance
UFC president Dana White said Whittaker's injury was unexpected and occurred the previous night. "You only develop these methods through years of hard-fought experience".
A Silva-McGregor fight is highly unlikely to happen, though. "This is it for me", Adesanya said after the fight - after which he and Anderson Silva bowed down simultaneously in a showing of mutual respect - the younger pupil having rightfully earned his idol's respect.
By the third round, Silva's right eye was swelling but he never was out of the fight.More news: Facebook acquires virtual search start-up to grow its AI | newkerala.com #99507
UFC has offered full refunds due to the cancellation of the bout.
Earlier in the week UFC President Dana White confirmed that the victor of the bout would be next in line for a middleweight title shot, however with Whittaker's withdrawal, Adesanya will likely have to wait for the dust to settle between Gastelum and Whittaker.
After opening up the fight with the first two meaningful blows - a pair of kicks to Silva's leg and thigh respectively - Adesanya asserted his dominance with some punches and a knee to the head. In a devastating, fight-day twist, however, Whittaker was forced out of this battle with a hernia, and rushed into surgery on the very evening he was supposed to compete. He was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery, leaving fight fans stunned and forcing organisers to cancel the main event and reshuffle the card.More news: Princess Charlotte's favourite food is not one we expected for a three-year-old
The star fighter suffered a twisted and collapsed bowel and an internal intestine hernia and could have died if he stepped in the ring.