The first UFC pay-per-view event of 2019 is set to go down on Saturday night in Melbourne, Australia, with UFC 234 taking center stage inside the Rod Laver Arena. Unfortunately, though, the first PPV of the year lost its main event just hours prior to start time, as middleweight champion Robert Whittaker was hospitalized for a hernia which requires immediate surgery. The champ was scheduled to defend against Kelvin Gastelum, though that showdown will have to wait. Still, the replacement headliner is one that should elicit much excitement. 

The new main event of UFC 234 will now see former middleweight champ Anderson Silva take on undefeated Israel Adesanya in a bout that will be an intriguing battle of dangerous strikers. Adesanya has been quickly making a name for himself as he’s torn through the competition, and now he’ll have the main event spotlight against one of the greatest to ever step into the Octagon.

Below is all the information you need to catch the UFC 234 event in Australia. 

How to watch UFC 234 prelims

Date: Saturday, Feb. 9 | Location: Rod Laver Arena — Melbourne, Australia
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Channel: ESPN

How to watch UFC 234 main card

Date: Saturday, Feb. 9 | Location: Rod Laver Arena — Melbourne, Australia   
Time: 10 p.m. ET
Stream: UFC.TV or Amazon | Channel: PPV (check your local provider)
Price: $64.99 (HD), $54.99 (SD)

Now, here’s a look at the UFC 234 main fight card and betting odds.  

UFC 234 main card, odds

Favorite  Underdog Weightclass

Israel Adesanya -650

Anderson Silva +425

Middleweight

Ricky Simon -125

Rani Yahya -105

Bantamweight

Montana De La Rose -260 Nadia Kassem +200 Women’s flyweight
Jimmy Crute -135 Sam Alvey +105 Light heavyweight

Who wins Whittaker vs. Gastelum and Silva vs. Adesenya? And how exactly does each fight end? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed UFC 234 picks for every bout, all from the sizzling expert who’s up nearly $18,000 on MMA in the last nine months alone.

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