‘You’re Probably Getting Shifted Back My Friend’- Israel Adesanya’s Coach Warns Robert Whittaker About Losing His Title Shot

Published 08/17/2021, 7:15 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 kingpin, Israel Adesanya, has already defended his belt once in 2021. At UFC 263, he outpointed Marvin Vettori in a rather one-sided fight. Following that, many tipped the former champion, Robert Whittaker, to be next in line to challenge ‘Izzy’ for the belt. Also, after Adesanya’s post-fight speech, it looked certain that the Aussie star would finally get his chance to reclaim his belt.

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Recent rumors also suggested that the UFC was looking to book that fight to headline the UFC 268 pay-per-view at Madison Square Garden in November. But Adesanya’s coach, Eugene Bareman, dismissed those claims in a recent interview.

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Nah, Nah, that’s not completely accurate. Yeah, I think nothing came over. Nothing really came past me about anything, any anything official being named for New York. Or Robert Whittaker or anything. Yeah, no utterances, or any official source,” said Bareman.

Eugene Bareman shares some worrying news for Robert Whittaker

The famous trainer also revealed some news regarding the situation that will displease ‘The Reaper’. According to Bareman, it’s tough for his team to get a voucher to enter the country again if they decide to take a fight.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JUNE 09: Robert Whittaker of New Zealand celebrates after defeating Yoel Romero of Cuba by split decision 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)

Unfortunately, for Robert and his team, that puts them in a really unfortunate predicament. Because in between, in between all of that happening, someone else might put up their hand and be much better, more kinda delectable fight for we like mention if Darren Till got two wins,” said the founder of City Kickboxing Academy.

And, Robert, you’re probably you’re getting shifted back, my friend. So I think that’s a risk that he took when he said no to that other fight, but he should have taken,” he added.

Darren Till will face Derek Brunson in a middleweight main event in a few weeks. If ‘The Gorilla’ can make a statement with his performance, he might leapfrog ‘Bobby Knuckles’.

Should Whittaker have to wait for his shot?

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Since his loss to ‘The Last Stylebender‘, Whittaker has managed to put together an impressive 3-fight winning streak. Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum have been added to his ever-impressive resume. There is no doubt his body of work is more than enough to earn him a shot.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 17: Robert Whittaker of Australia reacts after his victory over Kelvin Gastelum in a middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on April 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

But the recent complications might put his position in jeopardy. Till vs Adesanya is a fight that fans have been wanting to see because of both fighters’ excellent stand-up prowess. However, that depends on ‘The Gorilla’ winning handsomely.

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The quirky situation of the pandemic-struck world makes nothing an assurance. That might affect Whittaker‘s hopes of challenging Adesanya to a rematch as well. How things shape up in the near future remains to be seen.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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