“I Don’t Want to Be Cocky”- Dana White Gives a Potential Date for Israel Adesanya vs Robert Whittaker

Published 09/18/2021, 5:30 AM EDT


Robert Whittaker vs Israel Adesanya is the fight to make at 185-pounds for undisputed UFC gold. Ever since their first encounter, both men have been extremely impressive in securing victories over top contenders such as Paulo Costa, Darren Till, Marvin Vettori among others. For Adesanya, Whittaker is the clear number one contender in the division.

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Dana White, in a recent interview, provided an update on Whittaker vs Adesanya 2. He said, “That’s what we’re working on, we’re working on January. Listen, I don’t to be all cocky and s…, but we will do everything in our power to get that worked out.”

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White continued, “That’s a fight we want to make so we’re working on it. I will get that done. Although you know what sucks? With everything that’s going on right now, when you think about that fight, that fight should be done over there (in Australia or New Zealand). But that ain’t gunna happen.”

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Following his win over Marvin Vettori, ‘Izzy’ called out Whittaker for a fight towards the end of 2021 and stated that this time around, he would like to have it in his home country of New Zealand. 

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However, with the recent resurgence of COVID-19 in both New Zealand and Australia, it looks highly unlikely that the fight will take place in either country. Unfortunately for Whittaker and Adesanya, they will most likely have to battle out in the United States for the belt. 

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In his most recent fight against Kelvin Gastelum, Whittaker relied heavily on his wrestling to secure a win. He landed four of seven takedowns and had a ground control time of close to five minutes.

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Jan Blachowicz relied heavily on his wrestling and grappling to hand Adesanya the first loss of his professional MMA career, and is perhaps the same blueprint Whittaker will be looking to follow. Adesanya, however, is adamant that he can get the job done once again. 

What do you make of Whittaker vs Adesanya 2? Who do you think takes the win in the rematch? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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