In February, Adensanya rematched Whittaker at UFC 271, successful a unanimous resolution and shifting to 2-0 over the previous middleweight champion. For “The Final Stylebender,” that settled the matter.
“He’s a terrific fighter,” Adesanya mentioned at a press conference for 276 and 277. “I’ll give it to him, 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, second time was slightly bit longer. He’s most likely going to be on the prime for a short while longer, but when we struggle once more, I understand how that ebook ends. That’s why I’m enthusiastic about this subsequent struggle, some new blood, somebody I’ve by no means fought earlier than.
“If he desires, he ought to go as much as 205, see what that’s about. Possibly strive that for slightly bit. However yeah, I’ve learn that ebook already, and I don’t like studying the identical ebook again and again.”
Adesanya destroyed Whittaker of their first encounter, dropping “Bobby Knuckles” repeatedly earlier than ending the struggle within the second spherical to assert the UFC middleweight title. The rematch was way more aggressive, with Whittaker believing he did sufficient to warrant a choice. The judges disagreed, scoring the bout unanimously for Adesanya.
Now, Whittaker once more seems to be to climb the ladder to a title shot, beginning with a foremost occasion struggle in opposition to Marvin Vettori at UFC Paris. Adesanya, in the meantime, returns to defend his middleweight title in opposition to Jared Cannonier in the principle occasion of UFC 276 subsequent month. It’s a bout Adesanya is worked up for and one he believes shall be one among his finest performances within the cage.
“I don’t imagine [Cannonier is my toughest opponent],” Adesanya mentioned. “That’s my first inkling, but it surely doesn’t imply I underestimate him. Everyone seems to be a troublesome challenger. He’s a man that packs so much. … He nonetheless carries that power round, so I can’t overlook him, however I don’t suppose he’ll be the hardest problem. I truthfully suppose I’ll make this straightforward. I actually imagine I’ll make this look straightforward.”
UFC 276 takes place July 3 on the T-Cell Area in Las Vegas.