UFC Wants Adesanya-Whittaker In A Stadium
After New Zealand based Israel Adesanya walked out of UFC 236 with the middleweight title, UFC President Dana White is looking for a major stadium show in Australia to unify the 185 pound gold against undisputed champion Robert Whittaker.
Adesanya remained undefeated on Saturday night when he took the interim title by unanimous decision against Kelvin Gastelum in what is considered to be a “fight of the year.”
“We were going to do that fight here; I wanted that fight in the U.S.,” White said following UFC 236 in Atlanta, Georgia. “We’re definitely not doing that fight in the U.S. That fight is going to Australia. It will be massive in Australia. I put my guys on that. That’s their homework for this week. A stadium, not an arena, A stadium in Australia.”
Whittaker has been snakebit for fights in his current home of Australia, pulling out of two cards in the country over the past two years due to injury.
“It could be in Australia, but Auckland I think is a viable option, as well,” Adesanya said of New Zealand. “We can push back and forth, because he is a born Kiwi but he’s a Maussie. He’s representing Australia. When I’ll be ready again? He says August. I say let me go shower first.
“I want to be able to just close my mouth properly first, and then we’ll see.”
“Gastelum-Adesanya is one of the greatest fights I’ve ever seen in my life,” White said of the five round war the two took part in on April 13th.
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