Robert Whittaker Admits Rematch With Israel Adesanya Is A ‘Tough Fight’
Former UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker knows he’s in for a challenge when he meets Israel Adesanya again.
Whittaker has put himself in prime position to get a second crack at “The Last Stylebender.” Back in October 2019, “The Reaper” lost the 185-pound gold to Adesanya via second-round TKO. The fight was one-sided but Whittaker has rebounded nicely with victories over Darren Till and Jared Cannonier.
UFC President Dana White has made it clear that he’s open to booking Adesanya vs. Whittaker II. Speaking to reporters after his UFC 254 victory over Cannonier, Whittaker said he knows he has a tough task ahead of him (h/t MMAJunkie.com).
“He’s a tough fight, man. I’m stoked to fight him. He’s a hard fight. He’s so good and he only looked better in his last fight – and the fact he beat me once already. But I feel like I’ve got a couple of tricks I can roll out. I feel like I can play it differently this time. Honestly, I know he’s trying to do everything else, and good on him to do that. I’m not thinking about him. Maybe me and him shouldn’t think about it just for a little bit. He can go up to light heavy(weight) or heavyweight. Whatever he wants to do, it doesn’t bother me. My plans are Christmas, my baby, and then, hopefully, our timelines line up then.”
Adesanya is fresh off a dominant victory over Paulo Costa. “The Last Stylebender” stopped Costa in the second round via TKO. This was Adesanya’s second successful UFC Middleweight Title defense. The win improved Adesanya’s perfect pro MMA record to 20-0 and it was his 15th victory by way of knockout or TKO.