‘The UFC and Izzy Have All the Power’- Robert Whittaker Finally Speaks Out on Israel Adesanya Rematch

Published 03/19/2021, 10:17 PM EDT


The emerging superstar Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ ended ‘The Reaper’s’ reign as the champion at 185-pounds in front of a record-breaking crowd at the Marvel Stadium. Since then, Robert Whittaker has been clawing his way back to the top. The Australian fighter had a tremendous 2020 as he secured two impressive wins over top middleweights in Darren Till and Jared Cannonier. 

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After his win over Cannonier, most fans and pundits believed that he would get a rematch against ‘Izzy’. However, he stated that he was in no hurry to fight for the title. Due to this, the UFC went ahead and matched Adesanya up against Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight crown. 

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Will Robert Whittaker get a title shot after a third straight win?

In a recent interview with ESPN, Robert Whittaker shared his thoughts on a potential rematch with Israel Adesanya

He said, “It’s hard to say, the UFC and Izzy have all the power. So I’m just looking at this as it’s how I make a living, this is my job and I love my job, I enjoy making a living providing for my family like this. So I’m just going to do my thing, I’m going to work hard, earn my money, and then I’m going to enjoy time with my family and the lifestyle that it provides me”

When asked if the fight against Jan exposed any areas in Adesanya’s game that he could exploit, he said, “Perhaps, perhaps, it’s very hard to adapt the plans without [Blachowicz’s] power. But we’ve got to wait and see how Izzy comes back down to middleweight; I’ve got a couple of things up my sleeve I’m looking to try next time we cross paths, so we’ll wait and see”

Whittaker takes on Kelvin Gastelum next month. If he is able to get past Gastelum, he would move to 3-0 which should guarantee a title shot. However, ‘The Reaper’ mentioned that he has not received any guarantees from the UFC that a title shot would be next if he gets past Gastelum. 

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What do you make of the situation? Do you think Robert Whittaker should get the title shot if he is able to get past Kelvin Gastelum? Let us know in the comments below! 

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