Robert Whittaker Explains Why Israel Adesanya Trilogy is ‘Inevitable’ Despite Two UFC Title Fight Losses

Published 02/13/2022, 6:06 AM EST
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JUNE 09: Robert Whittaker of New Zealand reacts after finishing five rounds against Yoel Romero of Cuba in their middleweight fight during the UFC 225 event at the United Center on June 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Robert Whittaker put on a terrific performance tonight against the UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, at UFC 271 in Houston, Texas. Even though Adesanya won the bout via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46), the fight at the Toyota Center was extremely close. 

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The new and improved Whittaker definitely gave Adesanya a tough time in the octagon. ‘The Reaper’ shot for takedowns and also landed them successfully. His patient and clinical approach to the fight was proof that he had put in the work for the rematch.

Despite the defeat, the Aussie feels another rematch will happen soon.

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Per MMA Fighting reporter Shaheen Al-Shatti, Robert Whittaker said, “Honestly? A third fight between me and Izzy is inevitable. It’s inevitable, because I’m going stomp anybody who comes in front of me again.”

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Whittaker is far ahead of everyone else in the middleweight division right now. If it wasn’t for Adesanya, ‘Bobby Knuckles’ would undoubtedly be the reigning UFC middleweight champion.

What’s next for Robert Whittaker?

The former UFC middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker, had his eyes set on winning the title once more, but Adesanya remains unbeaten in the middleweight division. Even though Whittaker didn’t win the fight, he definitely won the hearts and support of fight fans with his grit and spirit.

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Whittaker’s next opponent could be Jared Cannonier.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JUNE 09: Robert Whittaker of New Zealand reacts after finishing five rounds against Yoel Romero of Cuba in their middleweight fight during the UFC 225 event at the United Center on June 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The Killa Gorilla‘ also fought at UFC 271. He took on Derek Brunson and won the fight via knockout. Given the rankings, we could see ‘The Reaper’ face Cannonier for the number one contender position. Or he could even fight Marvin Vettori.

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What are your thoughts on Whittaker’s performance at UFC 271? Who do you think is next for him? Let us know in the comments section given below.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Justin Gaethje fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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