Adesanya will face the 43-year-old Brazilian legend, who is returning to the octagon after two years out of the sport due to a drug suspension, at the Rod Laver Arena, venue of the Australian Open tennis finals in Melbourne.
The 29-year-old said: “I know him (Silva) better than he knows himself, my team has been studying him as well and I have been studying him for years.
“I just know too much, and the difference is the way that I am playing the game: the mind. My mind is different, I am Player 1.”
Adesanya, who is based in New Zealand, had a perfect record of four wins from four fights in 2018 which saw him climb up to sixth in the middleweight rankings and he is also undefeated in 15 fights as a mixed martial artist.
Anderson Silva is a former UFC middleweight champion and had the longest title reign in UFC history at 2,457 days. This started in 2006 and ended in 2013 and included a UFC record 16 consecutive victories in that span.