Israel Adesanya has beat middleweight MMA legend Anderson Silva by unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 234 at the Rod Laver Arena.
Number six ranked Adesanya was favourite against the 43-year-old Silva in the breathtaking fight between two brilliant, creative fighters.
Adesanya claimed the unanimous decision, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 and remains unbeaten in his professional career, at 16-0.
“This is like, for a kid, if I played basketball against Michael Jordan. This is it for me,” Adesanya said.
“I do this s*** for real, and I do it against the best. Crazy week. I showed up to work, a lot of people didn’t. It’s out of their hands, you know, sometimes it’s not in their control.
“But, hey, Player 1 has the controller, so I showed up. Anderson, thank you. You’ve been doing this for a long time my friend, I appreciate you.”
This was supposed to be a number one contender’s bout, with the winner to face the winner of Robert Whittaker v Kelvin Gastelum; but Whittaker pulled out injured late last night and Gastelum paraded around the ring all day claiming to be the new champion.
“Rob, heal up quick. Kelvin, put that belt down, seriously,” Adesanya said.
“Whatever happens next, shut your f***ing mouth. Whatcha gonna do, when I run wild on you?”
Adesanya opened up the bout with a lot of feints as Silva waited. Silva pressed forward aggressively, but was countered and stunned with a head kick from Adesanya.
Silva slowed down his aggression, and Adesanya went back to his feints. Silva landed a spinning kick to the leg of his opponent, but Adesanya landed the better of the strikes in the opening round.
Silva completely dropped his hands in the second act, allowing Adesanya to punch him in the face without consequence.
Silva came alive and landed a flurry of punches before Adesanya dashed out of harms way. Another spinning kick to the leg landed for Silva as he had a much better round than the previous.
A lot of people didn’t expect for this matchup to make it to the third round, but it did.
Adesanya landed a heavy leg kick and then just got out of the way of a flying knee.
Silva backed himself up to the fence and demanded that Adesanya fight him there.
After a bit of a standoff, Adesanya backed all the way off and the fight returned to the center of the Octagon. Adesanya landed quite a few more punches before time expired.
FIFA Ban: I’ve done nothing wrong – Siasia
Former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia has expressed shock over his ban by FIFA and accused the world soccer ruling body of dishing out punishment without contacting him.
The former U-23 coach, in a swift reaction on social media following news of his ban, vowed to fight to clear his name.
He wondered how a person can be charged and found guilty of an allegation without being heard from.
He also dismissed claims by FIFA that a letter to that effect has been dispatched to him while re-echoing that he has not done anything wrong.
“I am shocked with FIFA ban, I was never questioned by FIFA.
“I don’t know anything about this. I did nothing wrong and I have not received any letter from FIFA,” he said.
Siasia, who led Nigeria’s Olympic team to Silver Medal finish in 2016, insisted he was hearing about the allegation and the said decision for the first time.
There are strong indications that the former Super Eagles star who scored 16 goals in 51 appearances for the national team will appeal the decision.
Some say the 52 -year- old former Lokeren of Belgium striker may drag FIFA to Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
The court has recently been inundated by cases involving fIFA and other stakeholders including Presidents of Football federations.
FIFA bans Siasia for life over bribe, match manipulation
Samson Siasia has been banned for life by FIFA after being found guilty over bribery and manipulation of matches.
The former Super Eagles of Nigeria coach has been banned from all football-related activities over attempts to rig matches at international level.
The world football’s governing body said it opened disciplinary proceedings after a vast investigation into various international matches that Singaporean Wilson Raj Perumal, a convicted match-fixer, had attempted to manipulate for betting purposes.
“The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr. Samson Siasia, a former official of the Nigeria Football Federation, guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics,” FIFA statement said.
“The formal ethics proceedings against Mr. Siasia were initiated on 11 February 2019 and stem from an extensive investigation into matches that Mr. Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting purposes.
“This large-scale investigation was conducted by FIFA via its competent departments and in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders and authorities.
“In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr. Siasia had breached art. 11 (Bribery) of the 2009 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics and banned him for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.
“In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 50,000 has been imposed on Mr. Siasia. The decision was notified to Mr. Siasia today, the date on which the ban comes into force.”
Lionel Messi given three-month ban and £41k fine over his claims Copa America was ‘corrupt’ and ‘set up for Brazil to win’
Lionel Messi has been given three-month suspension and £41,000 fine following his controversial comments about Copa America tournament.
The Barcelona superstar and Argentine striker accused the South American governing body CONMEBOL of being ‘corrupt’ just after Argentina won their third-place play-off against Chile.
He was shown a straight red card against Chile for clashing with Gary Medel on the pitch of play last month. The 32-year-old also refused to be on the pitch for the medal ceremony.
When asked why he didn’t show up, Messi told reporters: ‘There is no doubt, the whole thing is set up for Brazil.
‘I did not want to be part of this corruption, we shouldn’t have to be part of this disrespect we suffered during the Copa America.
We could have gone further but we weren’t allowed into the final. Corruption, referees and all the rest stopped people from enjoying the football.
‘I always tell the truth and I’m honest, that is what keeps me calm if what I say has repercussions that is not my business.’
CONMEBOL hit back at him with an official statement describing his comments as ‘unacceptable.’
They initially hit him with a one-match ban but have now added more severe punishment.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been given a fine of £41,000 and three-month suspension that will restrict him from playing for Argentina again this year.
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