Israel Adesanya Unsure If Robert Whittaker Will Make It To Fight Night

Things are looking good for an eventual clash between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker. The pair are expected to unify their UFC middleweight titles at the recently announced UFC 243 pay-per-view (PPV) in Melbourne, Australia. However, “Stylebender” is unsure whether or not Whittaker will show up given his injury history. Speaking to Submission Radio recently, […]

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Things are looking good for an eventual clash between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker.

The pair are expected to unify their UFC middleweight titles at the recently announced UFC 243 pay-per-view (PPV) in Melbourne, Australia. However, “Stylebender” is unsure whether or not Whittaker will show up given his injury history. Speaking to Submission Radio recently, Adesanya said he wouldn’t be surprised to see betting lines on if “Bobby Knuckles” will pull out of the bout:

You can’t judge that last fight and say – I mean, you can take whatever, you can say, he gets hit a lot. Cool. That’s what you get from that fight. People are gonna say Kelvin’s got a hard chin, Kelvin’s so tough. I’m like, Ni**a, I don’t like to brag, but I looked like a f*cking potato after that fight, I took some shots. But not once did my ass hit the ground. Kelvin’s ass hit the ground like five or six times, even seven. So, I mean, you could say whatever you want, I just stay calm composed. And I’ve been through a lot of adversity. The way we train is different.

We push to the breaking point, but we’re smart about it. That’s why we don’t get hurt and pull out of every single fight. I’m going to put a wager out there and see if he makes it to the fight. Cause for me, I’m keeping that same energy with the way I train. If he is… is he gonna make it to the fight? So, I’m prepared for him, but I don’t know if he’s gonna make it to the fight. That’s just history. They should put a wager on ‘will Robert make it to this fight? Will he pull out of this fight?’ and put odds on that based on all his other fights. That should be a new wager that gets added to the odds.”

Adesanya captured middleweight gold back in April when he defeated Kelvin Gastelum for the interim 185-pound throne. Now, the pair of New Zealanders will face off “Down Under” in what has the potential to be, undoubtedly, the biggest fight the continent has ever seen.

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Israel Adesanya Wants Odds If Robert Whittaker Makes It To Their Fight

Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker are expected to unify their titles later this year at UFC 243. There, the expectation the card happens in Australia as it is expected to be one of, if not the biggest fights in the Oceanic region. But, the current i…

Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker are expected to unify their titles later this year at UFC 243. There, the expectation the card happens in Australia as it is expected to be one of, if not the biggest fights in the Oceanic region. But, the current interim champion in Adesanya has his doubts Whittaker will even […]

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Report: UFC 243 Set For Melbourne’s 55,000-Capacity Marvel Stadium

It looks like Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya’s UFC title unification clash will be getting the stadium treatment it deserves. According to a report by Combate (h/t Aaron Bronsteter), both fighters are set to clash at UFC 243 which will now take place at the 55,000 plus capacity Marvel Stadium on October 5 in Melbourne, […]

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It looks like Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya’s UFC title unification clash will be getting the stadium treatment it deserves.

According to a report by Combate (h/t Aaron Bronsteter), both fighters are set to clash at UFC 243 which will now take place at the 55,000 plus capacity Marvel Stadium on October 5 in Melbourne, Australia.

The report comes right after UFC president Dana White claimed the fight would still be taking place in Australia. There were recent reports earlier claiming the fight would be moved from Sydney to Las Vegas because it clashed with the NRL Grand Final.

It was also previously reported that the plan was for UFC 243 to take place at the Bankwest Stadium in Sydney, which could hold up to 30,000 seats. However, such is the magnitude of the fight that it will now take place in the larger Marvel Stadium.

The UFC previously went to the Marvel Stadium for UFC 193 in November 2015 where fans witnessed Ronda Rousey lose to Holly Holm. The event attracted a UFC-record 56,214 fans. However, one can imagine the buzz will be even bigger for what is being dubbed as the biggest Australasian fight in combat sports history.

Adesanya, who grew up in New Zealand, earned the right to face Australia’s middleweight king Whittaker following his interim title win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236. There also appears to be friction between the two which will only increase the anticipation for this fight.

There are no other details as of now regarding the rest of the card.

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Report: UFC 243 Headed For Massive Stadium In Melbourne

UFC 243 may turn out to be the massive, oft-discussed Australian event the promotion has been discussing for months. According to a recent report from Combate’s Raphael Marinho (via Aaron Bronsteter), the event will reportedly head for Melbourne&…

UFC 243 may turn out to be the massive, oft-discussed Australian event the promotion has been discussing for months. According to a recent report from Combate’s Raphael Marinho (via Aaron Bronsteter), the event will reportedly head for Melbourne’s 55,000-plus capacity Marvel Stadium this October: “Combate’s @raphamarinho reports that the UFC will be holding UFC 243 […]

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Dana White Promises To ‘Blow The Doors Off’ Australia With Whittaker vs. Adesanya

UFC President Dana White is planning yet another massive MMA spectacle in Australia. After re-upping for an additional 10 years with the world’s MMA leader, White recently spearheaded the unveiling of the UFC’s all-new Apex facility in Las …

UFC President Dana White is planning yet another massive MMA spectacle in Australia. After re-upping for an additional 10 years with the world’s MMA leader, White recently spearheaded the unveiling of the UFC’s all-new Apex facility in Las Vegas. There was, of course, a lot to talk about. One of those things was the awaited […]

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Dana White Confirms Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya Will Happen In Australia

Scrap any talk of Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya’s UFC middleweight unification title fight taking place in the United States. UFC President Dana White spoke to media recently and doubled down that he’s going to book the fight down under, and it will “blow the f*cking doors” off the country: “I’m gonna put on a […]

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Scrap any talk of Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya’s UFC middleweight unification title fight taking place in the United States.

UFC President Dana White spoke to media recently and doubled down that he’s going to book the fight down under, and it will “blow the f*cking doors” off the country:

“I’m gonna put on a fight this fall in Australia that’s gonna blow the f*cking doors off that country, okay,” White said. “And, it’s gonna be a massive event over there. And, what’s crazy is, this massive event that’s gonna happen in Australia, people in the U.K. are gonna watch it, people in Europe are gonna watch it, people in the United States, Canada, Brazil – the world will watch this fight.

“I’m talking about Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker. The world will watch that fight, from Australia, which will be a massive event there. We’re not a U.S. promoter, we’re a global promoter.”

Whittaker captured the UFC middleweight title when he defeated Yoel Romero for the interim 185-pound strap back in July of 2017. He was promoted to undisputed champion soon after, following Georges St-Pierre vacating the middleweight throne. Whittaker was scheduled for his first title defense in a rematch with Romero last year, but after the Cuban missed weight, it was changed to a five round non-title fight.

Injuries have plagued “Bobby Knuckles’” career over the past several months. Hopefully, he’s healthy enough to make it into the Octagon against Adesanya. “Stylebender” won the interim UFC middleweight title when he defeated Kelvin Gastelum in the co-main event of UFC 236 this past April. He has established himself as one of the most dynamic strikers in the promotion and remains undefeated at 17-0.

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