“Shut Him up Again, Worse Than the First Time”- Israel Adesanya Sends a Warning to Robert Whittaker Ahead of Their Highly-Anticipated Rematch

Published 12/30/2021, 5:15 AM EST
ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 12: UFC middleweight Israel Adesanya of Nigeria gestures to the crowd during the UFC 236 weigh-in at State Farm Arena on April 12, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will take on the former champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 271. The two first met at UFC 243, where ‘The Last Stylebender’ put on a flawless performance and dethroned ‘The Reaper’. Since that fight, both men have won three bouts at middleweight and are high on confidence.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Ahead of the rematch, ‘The Last Stylebender‘ sent out a warning and revealed that he is motivated to go 2-0 against Whittaker.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The champion said, “I mean, the motivation for me is just he’s not making excuses like Vettori or Costa. He’s accepted his loss. He finally admitted that I was in his head and he was emotional. I was like, yeah, you’re finally admitting what I was saying this whole f**king time.”

DIVE DEEPER

UFC Champion Charles Oliveira Takes to Instagram To Thank Compatriot and Global Football Superstar Neymar for His ‘Affection and Support’

22 days ago

“So, that makes me take him seriously, like, he’s accepted that, so that makes me take him seriously. He’s got a point to prove as well. He’s been training, motivated, that gets me up in the morning. Shut him up again, worse than the first time, that’s what gets me motivated.”

Israel Adesanya feels Robert Whittaker is losing his cool

The middleweight champion said that Whittaker hasn’t gotten over the loss. According to him, the same thing happened before the first fight, and he’s losing his cool.

While appearing on THE FIGHT with Teddy Atlas, Israel Adesanya said, “We’re putting the knuckles back on ol’ Bobby. One of my guys from my YouTube channel sent me a clip of him calling me a s*** person just recently. It’s already happening again, except he’s lost his cool.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

“He talked about saying he lost his cool in the last fight. Nah–it’s too late. He’s lost his cool now. In the last fight leading up to it, he was trying to pretend like everything was all right–and you can verbatim find the interviews when I was saying, ‘He’s not handling this well.”

WATCH THIS STORY – The Best Knockouts of 2021 in the UFC featuring Kamaru Usman, Rose Namajunas and more

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The rematch between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker is one that fight fans have been waiting for ever since UFC 243. As it is happening, they are definitely going to tune in for this one.

Who do you think comes out on top in this rematch? Will Robert Whittaker avenge his loss at the hands of Israel Adesanya? Let us know in the comments!

Enjoyed reading this article? Download our exclusive app to get 24x7 coverage, latest memes and social media banter. Click here to download.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Arunaditya Aima

454 articles

Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT