Robert Whittaker Looking Past Marvin Vettori And Towards Israel Adesanya Again
Robert Whittaker is hoping for another chance.
Whittaker said he believes he will earn the trilogy with Israel Adesanya after defeating Marvin Vettori.
“I definitely think a trilogy is possible primarily because of the Holloway-Volkanovski trilogy fight going ahead,” Whittaker said to Fox Sports Australia. “Especially considering how close my fight was with Izzy last time, I definitely think that is a very real possibility.”
Whittaker shared the octagon with “The Last Stylebender” twice already.
When they met each other for the first time, he was the dominating champion, who defeated Yoel Romero in his prime twice while Adesanya was the fastest rising star, who took over UFC in under two years and earned the interim title against Kelvin Gastelum.
Adesanya dethroned Whittaker in their first bout by second-round knockout.
Whittaker later said he was not mentally ready.
In the rematch, he held a close fight, but it wasn’t enough.
As for Vettori, Whittaker doesn’t think much of him.
“I think I’m going to be too much for him, honestly,” Whittaker said.
“I feel a lot better than he is across the board. Granted, he’s very tough, but I’ve fought tough people before and dismantled them.””
Vettori suffered defeat twice against Adesanya, but he earned a dominant victory against Paulo Costa in the light heavyweight division. He has never been finished, and is always moving forward during the fight.
Whittaker and Vettori will meet on September 3.