The UFC middleweight champion, Adesanya (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) dethroned Whittaker with a dominant second-round knockout at UFC 243 in October 2019. The pair ran issues again this previous February at UFC 271, when Adesanya was capable of beat “The Reaper” once more, this time by unanimous decision.
Whittaker (23-6 MMA, 14-4 UFC) now has a pivotal Sept. 3 conflict with Marvin Vettori in Paris and hopes a win earns him a trilogy bout with the champion. Nevertheless, up 2-0, Adesanya thinks that chapter is already closed.
“Bobby, he’s a terrific fighter, I’ll give it to him,” Adesanya mentioned Tuesday in a UFC press conference in Australia. “He’s a terrific fighter, however I understand how that ebook ends. I’ve learn that ebook twice already. First time was a fast learn, the second time a bit bit longer, however I imply, he’s most likely gonna be on the high for some time. But when we combat once more, I understand how that ebook ends, ?”
Adesanya goals for his fifth title defense when he faces Jared Cannonier in the principle occasion of UFC 276 on July 2. Having already crushed Whittaker and Vettori twice, “The Stylebender” is wanting ahead to a brand new problem.
“So, that’s why I’m enthusiastic about this subsequent combat,” Adesanya mentioned. “Some new blood, somebody I’ve by no means fought earlier than. I advised you, if (Whittaker) desires it, he ought to go as much as 205, see what that’s about. Possibly strive that for a bit bit. However yeah, I’ve learn that ebook already and yeah, I don’t like studying the identical ebook again and again.”
Adesanya’s previous two wins got here through unanimous determination, however he sees himself getting again to his ending methods towards Cannonier.
“He’s a man that packs rather a lot… he nonetheless carries that energy round, so I can’t overlook him,” Adesanya mentioned. “However, I don’t assume he’ll be the hardest challenger. Actually, assume I’ll make this simple. I actually consider I’ll make this look simple come July third.”
He continued, “A prediction, I’ll offer you a prediction, it’s gonna be enjoyable, it’s gonna be enjoyable. It’s gonna look rather a lot just like the Costa combat minus the little tap-tap on the finish.”