‘You Don’t Get to Decide’ – Israel Adesanya Says Fight With Robert Whittaker Will Happen on His Terms

Published 06/13/2021, 3:22 AM EDT
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)


Israel Adesanya defeated Marvin Vettori to defend his UFC title for the third time. ‘Stylebender’ comfortably outclassed his opponent and proved why he is considered one of the best fighters of this era. With Adesanya being so dominant in the middleweight division, there aren’t many opponents left for the champion to face.

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Therefore, during the post-match interview, when Adesanya was asked about what’s next for him, he called out an old opponent of his.

He said, “Well, you know the old mozzie, my arch-nemesis, what’s his name, Whittaker. Bobby Knuckles. I knock him out twice… I don’t know what the f**ks gonna happen with this covid. But we gotta run that back in Auckland. We need to run that back in my territory this time.”

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While Adesanya did say that he would fight Whittaker, the champion clarified that he would be the one calling the shots. He concluded, “I’ll tell you when it is. You don get to decide; I get to decide. Coz you know why? Because I’m the motherfu**ing king, bit*h.”

‘Bobby Knuckles’ is currently the No.1 ranked fighter in the middleweight division. Therefore, a fight between him and Adesanya was always on the card. And now after this call out, it seems like the fight will happen much sooner than expected.

The history between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker

Adesanya and Whittaker first faced each other at the UFC 243 event back in October 2019. Since then, the two fighters have called each other out on various occasions. That fight between Adesanya and Whittaker was for the title and ended in just 2 rounds. ‘Stylebender’ won that fight convincingly by a second-round KO.

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After that fight, Adesanya went on from strength to strength and cemented his place among the UFC greats. Meanwhile, Whittaker bounced back and beat three top middleweights.

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Whittaker and Adesanya are easily the best fighters in the middleweight division. Therefore, as fans, we can’t wait to watch these two exceptional fighters compete in the Octagon. Will it take place in Auckland? When will it happen?

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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