Dana White Updates on Possible Locations For Israel Adesanya vs Robert Whittaker Rematch

Published 06/14/2021, 1:09 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 23: UFC president Dana White interacts with fans and media during the UFC press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya had won his title after defeating Robert Whittaker at UFC 243. The event took place on October 6, 2019, at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. The event was a successful one for the UFC as it broke the attendance record for any UFC event.

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Though it was a success back then, it is difficult now for UFC to host events in Australia, primarily because of strict restrictions still playing out down under.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 06: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria celebrates after his knockout victory over Robert Whittaker of New Zealand in their UFC middleweight championship fight during the UFC 243 event at Marvel Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

In a recent interview, White talked about having a possible rematch between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya in the land of Kangaroos. He also stated the difficulties that are hovering in front of him when deciding to place an event down under.

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“That would be absolutely positively to do the fight there,” White said. “You know how many things have to align for that to happen? First of all, the two places that I’m hearing about that have the strictest stuff still going on are Canada and Australia.”

“So you look at that. When Australia and New Zealand do open up, you have all those other sports there that haven’t played. All the other fans and things like that are ready to go back on tour, you know.”

He added, “then you gonna find the arenas and be able to play it. So the list goes on and on of obstacles that will be on our way to jump right back into Australia that quickly.”

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After the UFC 263 culminated, White appeared for the post-fight conference and gave his views on Adesanya vs Whittaker for the gold.

“Adesanya, before this fight happened, maybe two or three days ago, we got the word that he wants to fight again in October,” he said.

“It’s like, he hasn’t even fought yet and this kid is already talking about his next fight. I love that, Adesanya has become a very badass champion for us. So we’ll figure out him and Whittaker ASAP,”

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 24: Robert Whittaker of New Zealand poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He remained skeptical when asked about hosting the event in Australia or New Zealand. “You’re talking about New Zealand or Australia? I would highly doubt it. That’s like asking if we can go to Canada in October, they’re pretty much in the same boat,” he replied.

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Well, US, Australia or any other place, Whittaker vs Adesanya is a blockbuster event wherever it is placed. The battle between the two best middleweights is surely no one wants to miss.

Where do you see the rematch taking place?

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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