Robert Whittaker Says He’d Follow Israel Adesanya To Light Heavyweight
Robert Whittaker is willing to move up to 205 pounds just to get a second fight with Israel Adesanya.
Adesanya is the reigning UFC Middleweight Champion. He is fresh off a dominant second-round TKO victory over Paulo Costa. UFC president Dana White has said that Adesanya will get the next light heavyweight title shot. White claims Whittaker turned down the 185-pound title opportunity, which “The Reaper” denies.
Appearing on Submission Radio, Whittaker said he’s prepared to meet Adesanya again even if it means moving up in weight (via MMAFighting.com).
“Well, I’ve already earned the right to (a rematch). I’ve already earned that right to fight for a title. That’s what that fight with Jared was. That fight was number one contender. What’s funny was, everyone was telling Jared, like, you win this fight, you get a shot at the title. No one was saying that to me (laughs). That’s what this fight is, and that’s the right I earned. I earned a shot at a title. So, that’s where I’m at.”
“I’ll fight Izzy one way or another. Middleweight, light heavyweight, whatever… Yeah. If he wins, I’ll go up there and fight him. I don’t care.”
Back in October 2019, Adesanya scored a second-round TKO victory over Whittaker. Going into the bout, “The Last Stylebender” was the interim middleweight titleholder. Of course, he walked out of the fight as the undisputed UFC Middleweight Champion.
Whittaker has rebounded from his loss to Adesanya. First, “The Reaper” defeated Darren Till via unanimous decision. He then beat Jared Cannonier at UFC 254, also via unanimous decision.