‘The First Three Moves In Our Next Fight, He’s Gonna Second Guess Himself’- Israel Adesanya Warns Robert Whittaker

Published 08/11/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 10: Israel Adesanya of New Zealand stands in his corner 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)


In a recent interview with Newstalk, Israel Adesanya shed some light on his mindset as a martial artist and a champion, who hopes to establish himself as a legend in the sport. One of the most captivating fighters in the UFC, Israel Adesanya, is a consummate mixed martial artist and is always looking to improve and one-up his opponents inside the octagon.

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The middleweight champ recently racked up his fourth title defense, with a unanimous decision victory over Marvin Vettori at UFC 263. Moreover, being a fighter who prefers staying active, Israel Adesanya chose to call out Robert Whittaker for a rematch in his post-fight interview, this time in Auckland, New Zealand.  

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Even though the UFC hasn’t released a date for the fight, Adesanya is already back in the gym, sharpening his tools, and helping his teammates at City Kick Boxing, Auckland.  

“What keeps me going is the passion, it’s the thirst for knowledge. I’m not done, I just started working again with Carl Van Roon, who is a Taekwondo black belt. You know, multiple-time champion, New Zealand champion, world champion. Because I feel like I haven’t hit the limit yet, it’s endless.”

“I can keep learning forever. These people don’t understand what’s coming like Robert. The first three moves I make on the chessboard in our next fight, in our rematch, he’s gonna second guess himself, third guess himself even.”    

One of the most active and dominant champions in the UFC, Israel Adesanya, is looking forward to his second meeting with an improved and confident Whittaker. Come fight night, fans can expect a back-and-forth battle.

Will Israel Adesanya make another move back to light heavyweight?    

Israel Adesanya had hopes of being a double champ by moving up to light heavyweight for a title fight with the champion Jan Blachowicz. However, Adesanya fell short, losing the fight via unanimous decision. 

Nevertheless, the ‘Last Stylebender’ has made it clear that he will make another attempt in the near future. Perhaps this time, Adesanya will do so in a more calculated manner.  

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Jan Blachowicz of Poland celebrates after his victory over Israel Adesanya of Nigeria in their UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

In his fight against Jan, ‘Izzy’ fought at his walk-around weight instead of putting on muscle and mass for the heavier weight division. This completely backfired as Blachowicz’s size advantage allowed him to dominate Izzy on the ground and ultimately get the win. A student of the game, fans can expect Adesanya to make all the necessary adjustments the next time he’s moving up to light heavyweight.

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What do you think? Can Israel Adesanya become a double champ? Let us know in the comments.  

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