‘Too Much Hype’- Israel Adesanya Teases Rematch With Robert Whittaker

Published 04/24/2021, 11:10 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 06: Israel Adesanya makes his way to the Octagon for the Middleweight title bout during UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)


The UFC middleweight division is the place where everything is happening right now. However, the champion, Israel Adesanya, is not having a good year. He lost to Jan Blachowicz in a bid to become a champ-champ and capture the light heavyweight belt.

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The loss was dominant, and it showed that Adesanya needs to put on more weight before he can fight at light heavyweight. However, middleweight is a whole another realm. He is undefeated in his entire career at middleweight and has a record of 20-1.

Amazingly, he has won 15 of his 20 fights via knockout. One of those fights was his match against the former champion Robert Whittaker. He knocked Whittaker out in the second round to start a dominant hold over the middleweight division.

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He uploaded a tweet on Twitter hyping up a potential rematch with Whittaker after Whittaker continued his amazing run of form. The Australian has not lost in the three fights after his loss to Adesanya and looks like he’s in the form of his life.

Adesanya’s tweet had the caption “TOO MUCH HYPE” and a link to a YouTube video that was a compilation of his wins. Meanwhile, there was another video uploaded in the tweet which was a snippet of Whittaker saying, “I think Israel Adesanya isn’t as good as he thinks he is.

The video then cut to Adesanya knocking ‘The Reaper’ out. Despite all of this, Whittaker and Adesanya don’t share a lot of animosity between them and genuinely respect each other. It’s a refreshing change from all the other rivalries in the sport.

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Adesanya was an exciting prospect when he faced Whittaker at UFC 243. He had a lot of momentum going into the fight and was undefeated in his entire career. However, Whittaker was his toughest test by far and the relatively younger champion was on a roll as well.

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Nevertheless, Whittaker couldn’t keep up with Adesanya’s faints and tricks and got knocked out in the second round. It was a premature loss for a promising fighter, and Whittaker has since turned it around. He’s next in line for a title shot and looks primed to beat Adesanya.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 06: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria celebrates after his knockout victory over Robert Whittaker of New Zealand in their UFC middleweight championship fight during the UFC 243 event at Marvel Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Do you think Robert Whittaker will beat Israel Adesanya now?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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