Israel Adesanya expects Robert Whittaker to ‘beat the brakes’ off Ikram Aliskerov at UFC Saudi Arabia

Israel Adesanya expects Robert Whittaker to 'beat the brakes' off Ikram Aliskerov at UFC Saudi ArabiaIsrael Adesanya expects to see Robert Whittaker “beat the brakes” off Ikram Aliskerov. Stepping into the main event spotlight…

Israel Adesanya expects Robert Whittaker to 'beat the brakes' off Ikram Aliskerov at UFC Saudi Arabia

Israel Adesanya expects to see Robert Whittaker “beat the brakes” off Ikram Aliskerov.

Stepping into the main event spotlight on Saturday night in Saudi Arabia, ‘The Reaper’ was expected to square off with undefeated Chechen monster Khamzat Chimaev in a bout that had title eliminator written all over it. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case after ‘Borz’ became “violently ill” a week ahead of fight night.

Khamzat Chimaev out of Robert Whittaker fight

Replacing Chimaev will be Russian standout Ikram Aliskerov who will be making his third walk to the Octagon after a couple of stellar first-round finishes against Phil Hawes and Warlley Alves.

Robert Whittaker vs. Aliskerov

If he can score a win against Whittaker in Riyadh, he’ll thrust himself from an unranked newcomer to a legitimate top-five contender.

‘The Last Stylebender’ doesn’t see that happening.

“This is a banger of a fight,” Adesanya said of Whittaker vs. Aliskerov on his YouTube channel. “Also, this guy [Aliskerov], who did he last beat? Warlley Alves. It’s a big step up in competition though against Rob. Rob is a former champion, still on the hunt, still dangerous. I’m picking Rob in this fight.

“I think Robert is going to beat the brakes off this guy from Round 2 onwards. I think Rob gets past Round 1, he starts to put it on this guy, he’s going to feel a different beast. But, who knows? We’ll see. We haven’t seen him against competition like this yet. I just know how good Rob is so, I’m going to go Rob probably [Round] 3 or 4 TKO.”

Robert Whittaker could secure a title fight with a win at UFC Saudi Arabia

Adesanya knows firsthand just how tough Robert Whittaker is, having thrown hands with the New Zealander on two separate occasions. The ‘Stylebender’ came out on top in both instances, but ‘The Reaper’ is convinced that he can get the job done given a third opportunity.

With a win over Aliskerov, Whittaker may get that chance—depending on how things play out when Adesanya returns to challenge reigning middleweight world champion Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 305 on August 17.

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Israel Adesanya warns Dricus du Plessis with UFC 305 title fight official: ‘Don’t be afraid. Be terrified’

Israel Adesanya warns Dricus du Plessis with UFC 305 fight don't be afraid be terrifiedFormer two-time undisputed middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya is officially slated to meet with incumbent divisional titleholder, Dricus du Plessis…

Israel Adesanya warns Dricus du Plessis with UFC 305 fight don't be afraid be terrified

Former two-time undisputed middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya is officially slated to meet with incumbent divisional titleholder, Dricus du Plessis at UFC 305 in two months’ time – and has warned him to be “terrified” to face him in Perth.

Adesanya, a former two-time middleweight gold holder, has been sidelined since last September, suffering a stunning upset title loss to Sean Strickland in the pair’s championship fight ‘Downunder’. 

Israel Adesanya set to headline UFC 305 in title grudge fight with Dricus du Plessis in Australia

As for South African star, du Plessis, the incumbent middleweight champion headlined UFC 297 back in January, landing a controversial split decision win over the above-mentioned common-opponent, Strickland in Canada.

Israel Adesanya issues warning to Dricus du Plessis

Now officially scheduled to headline UFC 305 in Australia against reigning champion, du Plessis as he vows to become a three-time titleholder at 185lbs, Adesanya released a promotional video ahead of his fight with the Pretoria native – which included a steadfast warning to him

Without a victory since April of last year in Miami, Adesanya managed to land his second middleweight title in undisputed fashion, rallying to finish current light heavyweight kingpin, Alex Pereira with a stunning second round KO in ‘The Sunshine State’. 

Israel Adesanya reveals he's getting ready for fighting return amid links to UFC 305 clash with Dricus du Plessis
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With his defeat to the previously mentioned, Strickland, Adesanya set an unwanted record by becoming the first fighter in the history of the organization to lose his championship title twice in the space of a calendar year. 

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Forever linked with a return on likely hostile territory in Perth, du Plessis claimed that any chance Adesanya had of fighting him came on his terms strictly. 

Who do you think wins at UFC 305: Dricus du Plessis or Israel Adesanya?

Breaking – Dricus du Plessis officially set to fight Israel Adesanya in title grudge match at UFC 305 in Perth

Israel Adesanya set to headline UFC 305 in title grudge fight with Dricus du Plessis in AustraliaOfficially slated to headline UFC 305 in two months’ time, an undisputed middleweight title fight between the incumbent, Dricus…

Israel Adesanya set to headline UFC 305 in title grudge fight with Dricus du Plessis in Australia

Officially slated to headline UFC 305 in two months’ time, an undisputed middleweight title fight between the incumbent, Dricus du Plessis, and former two-time gold holder, Israel Adesanya will close the curtain on August 18. at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia.

du Plessis, the current undisputed middleweight champion, most recently headlined UFC 297 back in January in Canada, landing the divisional crown with a contentious split decision win over common-foe, Sean Strickland.

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As for City Kickboxing star, Adesanya, the former two-time middleweight champion has been sidelined since September, dropping his gold for the second time in the space of a calendar year in the form of a decision loss to Sean Strickland.

Dricus du Plessis headlines UFC 305 with Israel Adesanya

Speculation was rife that Israel Adesanya was set to take on du Plessis at UFC 305 this summer – with the former teasing a fan-made poster of a card featuring him at the Pretoria native, with the organization confirming the pairing on social media tonight.

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“IT’S OFFICIAL,” UFC posted. “The middleweight title will be on the line in Perth.” 

First expected to take on Adesanya at the previously mentioned UFC 293 event in Australia, du Plessis saw his title charge taken over by Strickland – remaining sidelined following a devastating second round TKO win over Robert Whittaker amid lingering injuries.

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Without a victory since April of last year in Florida, Nigerian-Kiwi striking ace, Adesanya avenged a prior knockout loss to current light heavyweight best, Alex Pereira with a stunning second round KO to reclaim the middleweight crown.

Who wins at UFC 305 later this summer: Dricus du Plessis or Israel Adesanya?

Israel Adesanya confirms UFC 305 title fight with Dricus Du Plessis: ‘The sun will set and rise again’

Israel Adesanya confirms UFC 305 fight with Dricus Du Plessis after overnight leakIsrael Adesanya seemingly confirmed he will be fighting at UFC 305 in Australia. After Alex Pereira was booked to…

Israel Adesanya confirms UFC 305 fight with Dricus Du Plessis after overnight leak

Israel Adesanya seemingly confirmed he will be fighting at UFC 305 in Australia.

After Alex Pereira was booked to fight Jiri Prochazka at UFC 303, which was rumored to headline UFC 305, it appears Adesanya will now take on Dricus Du Plessis for the middleweight title his next time out.

Taking to social media, Adesanya shared a fan-made poster with Adesanya vs. Du Plessis at UFC 305 in the bottom corner, with a unique quote.

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“The SUN of Africa is the same sun that lights up our planet. The SUN will set and will rise again until you walk into it. The SUN, enjoy while it shines. Darkness falls when it’s gone,” Adesanya wrote on X.

Although the UFC hasn’t confirmed Du Plessis vs. Adesanya, ‘The Last Stylebender’ seemingly confirmed all the rumors that this fight will happen in Australia. It is a fight that has been brewing for over a year and the two will now finally share the Octagon with one another.

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UFC 305 is set to take place on August 17 (August 18 in Australia), in Perth.

Israel Adesanya (24-3) hasn’t fought since September when he suffered a stunning decision loss to Sean Strickland to lose his middleweight title. Before that, he scored a KO win over Alex Pereira to reclaim his middleweight title. Adesanya is 1-2 in his last three fights but is looking to become a three-time middleweight champion.

Dricus Du Plessis (21-2) won the middleweight title back in January with a split decision win over Strickland. The South African is 7-0 in the UFC as he also holds notable wins over Robert Whittaker, Derek Brunson, Darren Till, and Brad Tavares among others.

UFC 305 Fight Card

Currently, UFC 305 is as follows:

  • Dricus Du Plessis vs. Israel Adesanya
  • Steve Erceg vs. Kai Kara-France
  • Tom Nolan vs. Alex Reyes
  • Casey O’Neill vs. Tereza Bleda
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Israel Adesanya to Fight Dricus du Plessis at UFC 305; 1st Since Sean Strickland Loss

Former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya announced Monday he’ll fight current champ Dricus du Plessis at UFC 305 on Aug. 17. Adesanya dropped the gold…

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Israel Adesanya to Fight Dricus du Plessis at UFC 305; 1st Since Sean Strickland Loss

Former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya announced Monday he’ll fight current champ Dricus du Plessis at UFC 305 on Aug. 17. Adesanya dropped the gold…

Former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya announced Monday he’ll fight current champ Dricus du Plessis at UFC 305 on Aug. 17. Adesanya dropped the gold…