The Ultimate Fighting Championship caps off the year with UFC 234, headlined by a middleweight championship bout between current titleholder Robert Whittaker and top contender Kelvin Gastelum. Both men previously won their respective seasons of The Ultimate Fighter reality series with Whittaker taking the TUF: Smashes welterweight crown and Gastelum winning the middleweight tournament on TUF: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen.
Whittaker and Gastelum also faced off as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 28 — also known as The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters — which featured the women’s featherweight and heavyweight divisions. The season concluded on November 30 with Juan Espino Dieppa winning the heavyweight tournament and Macy Chiasson upending Pannie Kianzad at women’s featherweight.
In the co-main event, former champion Anderson Silva takes on rising star Israel Adesanya, the “Style Bender.”
Ahead of this weekend’s event, the UFC uploaded its behind-the-scenes YouTube series “UFC Embedded” to give you an up-close look at what the fighters go through on fight week as they make their final preparations for Saturday night.
Below is all of the information you will need leading up to the fight, including every episode of UFC 234 Embedded.
UFC 234 Embedded, Episode 1
On Episode 1 of UFC 234 Embedded, former middleweight champion Anderson Silva puts his skills and personality on display for media members at his LA gym. Middleweight title challenger Kelvin Gastelum prepares nearby in Orange County, surrounded by paintings and his panda. Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker reaps the benefits of a home-country bout, relaxing in his Sydney home with his wife and children.
UFC 234: Fight Time & Viewing Details
Event: UFC 234: Whittaker vs. Gastelum
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2019
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Venue: Rod Laver Arena
Pay-Per-View Card Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1, Pay-per-view
UFC 234 Fight Card
Main Card (10 PM ET, PPV)
- Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum
- Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva
- Rani Yahya vs. Ricky Simon
- Montana De La Rosa vs. Nadia Kassem
- Jim Crute vs. Sam Alvey
Preliminary Card (8 PM ET, ESPN)
- Devonte Smith vs. Dong Hyun Ma
- Shane Young vs. Austin Arnett
- Kai-Kara France vs. Raulian Paiva
- Teruto Ishihara vs. Kyung Ho Kang
Preliminary Card (6:30 PM ET, UFC Fight Pass)
- Lando Vannata vs. Marcos Rosa
- Jalin Turner vs. Callan Potter
- Wuliji Buren vs. Jonathan Martinez