‘I Baptized You’- Israel Adesanya Uses Jorge Masvidal’s Trademark To Respond To Robert Whittaker’s Comments

Published 06/21/2021, 11:46 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 10: Israel Adesanya of New Zealand is introduced prior to his middleweight bout against Anderson Silva of Brazil during the UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena on February 10, 2019 in the Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya successfully defended his crown against Marvin Vettori at UFC 263 to remain undefeated in the division. ‘The Last Stylebender’ improved his divisional stats with the 10th straight victory.

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And although there’s still time for his next fight, there is no doubt in anybody’s mind who’s going to be his opponent. The Nigerian in all likelihood will face veteran Robert Whittaker in a rematch for the title.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 06: Israel Adesanya makes his way to the Octagon for the Middleweight title bout during UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

The fight is not official yet but things have already started heating up between the middleweight greats. Recently, Whittaker appeared for an interview with dailytelegraph.com.au, the Sydney-born, had a few words on his shelves to describe the man who defeated him for the title.

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“He’s definitely not a God. He’s a very good fighter, sure. But he’s not as good as he thinks he is.”

Adesanya, though, in his trademark style responded to Whittaker’s comments through his social media platform. First, he posted a video where he termed the latter as his ‘son’ with a father’s day reference. He captioned it, “Aaaahh shit, here we go again.”

In another tweet, he responded to Whittaker’s ‘not a God’ taunt by spinning out Jorge Masvidal’s trademark quote. “I might not be a god to you, but I baptized you.” 

Not for the first time that Adesanya referred to Whittaker as his ‘son’. After the latter’s brutal victory over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Vegas 24, Adesanya took to Twitter and congratulated him in his own style.

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Israel Adesanya wants Robert Whittaker next

Adesanya overcame a gritty Vettori via a unanimous decision. Immediately after the match, the New Zealander called out his former opponent for a rematch.

“Well, you know, the old mozzie, my arch nemesis, what’s his name? Whittaker. ‘Bobby Knuckles’. I knocked him out twice (referring last fight). I don’t know what the f*** is gonna happen with this COVID s*** but we need to run that back in Auckland,” he said.

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“We need to run it back in my territory this time. I’ll tell you what it is, you don’t get to decide; I get to decide, ’cause why? I’m the motherf*cking king.”

Well, it seems inevitable that they would collide perhaps later this year. Both have improved leaps and bounds after their last encounter and fans can definitely expect another great show from these UFC elites.

Who do you think will prevail this time?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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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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