Adesanya’s Coach Says Whittaker Now At The Back Of Title-Shot Line

Israel Adesanya’s team is blown away by the fact that Robert Whittaker has turned down a title fight. Israel Adesanya is coming off a loss to light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259. Despite the loss, while trying to add another cham…

Israel Adesanya’s team is blown away by the fact that Robert Whittaker has turned down a title fight. Israel Adesanya is coming off a loss to light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259. Despite the loss, while trying to add another championship belt to his mantle, Adesanya is eager to get back in the […]

Adesanya Gives His Take On Fighting Vettori Next Instead Of Whittaker

UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will fight Marvin Vettori at UFC 263 despite many believing Robert Whittaker is next in line for a shot at the title. On June 12, the African-born champion seeks to accomplish a third title defense. The 31-year…

UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will fight Marvin Vettori at UFC 263 despite many believing Robert Whittaker is next in line for a shot at the title. On June 12, the African-born champion seeks to accomplish a third title defense. The 31-year old is rebounding from his first professional loss to the reigning light heavyweight […]

Robert Whittaker Weighs In On Adesanya vs. Vettori UFC 263 Booking

Robert Whittaker was supposed to get the next middleweight title shot, but has no issue with Israel Adesanya facing Marvin Vettori at UFC 263. Adesanya will return on June 12 against Vettori, in a fight that was made on relatively short notice. Accordi…

Robert Whittaker was supposed to get the next middleweight title shot, but has no issue with Israel Adesanya facing Marvin Vettori at UFC 263. Adesanya will return on June 12 against Vettori, in a fight that was made on relatively short notice. According to Whittaker, however, he was offered the fight first but couldn’t make […]

Robert Whittaker Explains Why He’s Not Fighting Adesanya At UFC 263

Robert WhittakerRobert Whittaker has revealed he turned down the chance to rematch Israel Adesanya for the middleweight title at UFC 263 on June 12. ‘The Last Stylebender’ will instead fight surging Italian contender, Marvin Vettori, who is fresh off a five-round decision win over Kevin Holland. Whittaker told ESPN he was offered a title fight in […]

Robert Whittaker

Robert Whittaker has revealed he turned down the chance to rematch Israel Adesanya for the middleweight title at UFC 263 on June 12.

‘The Last Stylebender’ will instead fight surging Italian contender, Marvin Vettori, who is fresh off a five-round decision win over Kevin Holland.

Whittaker told ESPN he was offered a title fight in the aftermath of his win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Vegas 24 but had to turn it down as he wouldn’t be ready to fight in June.

“I was offered the fight about an hour after my fight with Gastelum,” Whittaker said. “There was just no way, physically, I could do that. Not only do I have injuries from that last fight to deal with, I have to fly home to Australia, and then two weeks in [mandatory] isolation. I have to see how my body was feeling, and then I’d have to prepare; all by June. It was impossible.”

‘The Reaper’ believes Adesanya wanting to fight him in June is tactical.

“I can see what Izzy is trying to do,” Whittaker said. “He’s trying to get me to accept the fight injured, on short notice, with all odds against me, but there was just no way I could get there physically. I do want that fight, and my next fight will be for the title. It has to be. He was just really adamant about fighting on that date and I can’t do it. I’m happy to fight the winner after.”

Whittaker doesn’t really care who wins at UFC 263. He’ll be happing to see Adesanya and Vettori knock chunks out of each other.

“It’s hard to say, isn’t it?” Whittaker said. “Their first fight in 2018 was pretty close. I think Izzy is really good. I could see Izzy taking that fight. But Vettori is tough as nails and he seems to take high-level opponents to a place where they are uncomfortable because of his resilience and toughness. Plus, he has a good skill set. I think Vettori will know what to expect from Adesanya this time, because he knows the level of striking he brings. In saying that, however, I do think Adesanya has gotten better since the last time they fought. So, I guess I’m on the fence.

“I don’t care who wins. Whatever. I hope they beat the hell out of each other to be honest.”

Do you think Robert Whittaker was right to turn down a title shot?

Dana White Confirms that Marvin Vettori Should Be Next For Israel Adesanya

Marvin Vettori seems to have earned himself a title shot following his win over Kevin Holland. The UFC middleweight division is heating up after a brief slow period. Champion Israel Adesanya took some time to give light heavyweight a try, but now that …

Marvin Vettori seems to have earned himself a title shot following his win over Kevin Holland. The UFC middleweight division is heating up after a brief slow period. Champion Israel Adesanya took some time to give light heavyweight a try, but now that he is back down at 185 pounds he might have his next […]

Kelvin Gastelum Releases Statement After UFC Vegas 24 Defeat To Robert Whittaker

GastelumKelvin Gastelum is not giving up on his dreams of becoming a champion. Gastelum returned to the loss column following a unanimous decision defeat to former champion Robert Whittaker in the UFC Vegas 24 headliner this past weekend. Despite doing well to last the full five rounds as he took some big shots, Gastelum was […]

Gastelum

Kelvin Gastelum is not giving up on his dreams of becoming a champion.

Gastelum returned to the loss column following a unanimous decision defeat to former champion Robert Whittaker in the UFC Vegas 24 headliner this past weekend.

Despite doing well to last the full five rounds as he took some big shots, Gastelum was mostly dominated by Whittaker who won 50-45 on all three judges’ scorecards.

It was a big blow for Gastelum as a win would have put him right in title contention. Instead, it now puts him at 1-4 in his last five outings.

However, he is only looking at the positives as he released a statement.

“Getting an onslaught of amazing messages and I’m glad ppl enjoyed the fight,” Gastelum wrote on social media. “Thank you all for sending even the slightest positive gesture and messages. I still believe I can get the job done and be one of the best! I wouldn’t say that just to say it, I believe with my heart.

“I am learning so much from my opponents and I will make the necessary adjustments for the next battle. We’re on to the next one.”

What do you think is next for Gastelum?