The undisputed UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya recently won the undisputed title and unified the middleweight titles. Adesanya in his knockout victory over Whittaker often ended up with some rather unusual striking exchanges, while he was fighting in his regular orthodox stance, he always ended exchanges in a southpaw stance. He has now revealed why this happened.
Adesanya told noted MMA journalist Luke Thomas at MMA on SiriusXM radio that this was something he had planned and did not kick as much as he usually does as he had planned to box Whittaker, which did eventually work out well for him. Here’s what he had to say:
I decided to stay orthodox for this fight. I decided to box him up in the beginning. I know the mistake that I made in that Kelvin fight. I know what was happening in my personal life at that time. So I wasn’t really in the fight, but I had warned them (everyone else in the division) to not look at that fight and think that is how you can beat me.
So yeah I just knew what I had to do (against Robert Whittaker), so I stayed orthodox and I did not kick as much as I wanted to, as I would normally do. I have my reasons for all that.
You can listen to their conversation down below:
🔊 Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) discusses his stance switching at #UFC243 and responds to the notion that Robert Whittaker may have suffered too much damage from the Yoel Romero fights #TLTS 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥@lthomasnews pic.twitter.com/LngAVJ3v6T
— MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) October 8, 2019