Robert Whittaker Reacts To Dana White’s Claim That He Didn’t Want To Fight Israel Adesanya
Robert Whittaker has responded to Dana White’s recent claims.
Whittaker is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Jared Cannonier at UFC 254. Many believed that the winner of the fight would get the next crack at Israel Adesanya for the UFC Middleweight Championship. As it turns out, that won’t be the case.
UFC President Dana White told reporters that Whittaker didn’t want to take the rematch against Adesanya. As a result, Adesanya will challenge Jan Blachowicz for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Whittaker spoke to MMAJunkie.com and denied ever declining to fight Adesanya a second time.
“I certainly think he took a little twist to what I said. I never said I don’t want to fight Izzy. That’s not something I said. I did not say that. I’m looking to fight March, April next year. I would like to fight Izzy. If Izzy’s moving up to fight Jan, then I’ll move up and fight him there if he gets the win. I want that fight. I do want that fight. We just had to work it into that timeline.
“I have no control on what the UFC’s going to do or what Izzy’s going to do, but whether he’s here at middleweight or up at light heavyweight, I’ll take the fight with him.”
Whittaker fought Adesanya back in October 2019. At the time, Whittaker was the UFC Middleweight Champion. Whittaker ended up losing his title via second-round TKO. Since that fight, Whittaker has gone 2-0 with victories over Darren Till and Cannonier.