Robert Whittaker says Israel Adesanya is “certainly not a god”
Fight fans and sports experts have been clamoring for a rematch between New Zealander Israel Adesanya and Australia’s Robert Whittaker since the former won the latter’s world middleweight title via TKO at UFC 243. And it would appear that after Whittaker’s epic comeback, Adesanya’s little experience in the light heavyweight division, along with all the other hurdles – inside + outside of the Octagon – The Reaper is finally ready to take over what rightfully theirs.
Speaking about Adesanya’s latest middleweight title defense against Italian contender Marvin Vettori at UFC 263, Whittaker didn’t exactly mince his words about the defending champion’s performance. For context, in his second fight against Vettori, Adesanya played very solid strategy and got the unanimous decision after five unceremonious rounds.
“Looking at this fight against Vettori, you can see he’s not untouchable,” says Whittaker.
“It reinforced the fact that he’s very human. Very touchable. In fact, I thought his performance was average.
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“No way in the context of being bad. He never did anything more than he had to do. He didn’t do anything flashy. He did nothing more than necessary. Which is a good approach.
“But that certainly doesn’t put you in the realm of the Gods. He is certainly not a God. He’s a very good fighter, that’s for sure. But he’s not as good as he thinks he is.
Before Vettori II, Israel Adesanya recorded his first professional loss thanks to UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz. After failing to make an impact while hitting, The Last Stylebender’s limited grappling was exposed, giving his Polish opponent the W by unanimous decision.
In contrast, Robert Whittaker appears to be in the best shape of his life. Returning as a more calculating and precise development of himself from the prolific defeat at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, the local MMA talent and fan favorite staged a masterclass against Darren Till at a UFC Fight Night event, completely dismantled Jared Cannonier during UFC 254 – in which the incomparable Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his own retirement after defeating Justin Gaethje – and made a grim example of Kelvin Gastelum. In the meantime, the big man has also delayed Cannonier’s fight to donate bone marrow to his ailing daughter, Lilliana.
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So when is the Robert Whittaker v Israel Adesanya UFC rematch? It’s no secret that the organization’s president, Dana White, offered Whittaker the chance to avenge his loss of highlight given he was the former UFC middleweight champion. Circumstances, however, dictated further course for this rocking ship.
“I was offered the fight about an hour after my fight with Gastelum,” Whittaker said. ESPN.
“There was just no way, physically, that I could do that. Not only do I have injuries from this last fight to deal with, but I have to go home to Australia and then two weeks in [mandatory] insulation. I had to see how my body was feeling and then I should get ready, all by June. It was impossible. “
The good news is that at this point, The Reaper 2.0 is locked, loaded, and ready to fight again – even going so far as to issue a simple five-word Twitter call after Vettori’s revenge (as seen above. ).
“I can see what Izzy is trying to do… He’s trying to get me to accept the injured fight, on short notice, with the odds against me, but there was no way I could do it physically.”
“I want this fight, and my next fight will be for the title. It must be. He was really adamant about fighting on that date, and I can’t do it. I am happy to fight the winner afterwards.
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With all eyes on him, Adesanya responded with a much less subtle and much more aggressive caption.
“That other jerk… what’s his name?” Rob Whittaker, Bobby Knuckles, ”Adesanya said when asked who was next on his list of professional hits.
“I knocked him out twice… We have to get back to Auckland. We have to bring it back to my territory this time. I’ll tell you when it is. You can’t decide. It’s me who decides. Why? I’m the fucking king, bitch.
“I understand why he was blown up to seem untouchable, on a different level from everyone,” Whittaker adds.
“But I think his loss to Jan, followed by his average performance against Vettori – it just confirms that he’s not as untouchable as everyone thinks.”
“Obviously he has beaten me once before and therefore deserves to start our next fight as a favorite. But I’m a much different fighter now. A different person. And I know I have the tools to beat it.
We’ll let you know when the Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya rematch for the UFC Middleweight Championship takes place as a confirmed date is announced.