UFC President Dana White confirms that former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will be the next challenge for the current Champion Israel Adesanya.
After UFC 263, Israel Adesanya again proved to the world why he is the middleweight champion and why he is called the most sophisticated striker in the world. At UFC 263 Israel Adesanya fought no.3 ranked contender Marvin Vettori in a rematch after the first fought in 2018 where Israel got the decision victory by decision.
Now at a rematch, the challenger Vettori was coming off back-to-back wins and had great momentum, whereas the champion lost his last outing against Jan Blachowicz while trying to capture the light-heavyweight belt. The rematch between Adesanya and Vettori was a complete one side domination by the champion. ‘The Last Stylebender’ outclassed Vettori on every aspect of the game. He didn’t let him capitalize any single moment of the fight.
Israel used his amazing striking IQ and picked Marvin apart. He landed several leg kicks which set up the tone for the entire fight. He landed some amazing punches and body kicks. Adesanya won the fight fair and square and left no doubt in anyone’s mind that who is the better fighter between him and Vettori. Israel Adesanya defeated Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision with 50-45, 50-45, 50-45 scorecards.
Another rematch for Israel Adesanya
After UFC 263, Israel has won five title fights at middleweight and has defended his throne three times against top contenders. Now the only contender that he needs to fight is none other than the former champion Robert Whittaker. Israel won the belt by defeating Robert at UFC 243.
Following UFC 263 event, White was asked what’s next for the champ, and he confirmed that the promotion is looking to book Adesanya vs. Whittaker 2 again as soon as possible.
“Adesanya, before this fight happened, maybe two or three days ago, we got the word that he wants to fight again in October. It’s like, he hasn’t even fought yet and this kid is already talking about his next fight. I love that, Adesanya has become a very badass champion for us. So we’ll figure out him and Whittaker ASAP,” White said (h/t MMAMania).
He was also asked what would be the location for the fight this time as it was Australia in their first fight to which Dana replied by saying he doubts those locations.
“You’re talking about New Zealand or Australia? I would highly doubt it. That’s like asking if we can go to Canada in October, they’re pretty much in the same boat.”
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