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When will the Final Stylebender return? Will UFC Middleweight Champion have a rematch with Robert Whittaker?


Israel Adesanya proved his dominance within the middleweight division when he completely outclassed Marvin Vettori again in June.

It was The Final Stylebender’s first struggle defending his title at 185lbs following his unsuccessful try to win the light-heavyweight belt and turn out to be a double champion.

Israel Adesanya proved his middleweight dominance by beating Marvin Vettori in June


Israel Adesanya proved his middleweight dominance by beating Marvin Vettori in June

Vettori had beforehand run Adesanya nearer than anybody else at middleweight after they met in 2018 and the Nigerian-born Kiwi solely skated previous the Italian with a cut up choice victory.

Nevertheless, on this event and in a five-rounder, Adesanya got here away with a clear sweep of rounds and a 50-45 shut out.

And the 32-year-old instantly known as out arch-rival Robert Whittaker for a rematch after he initially beat the Reaper to win the title again in 2019.

Since then Whittaker, 30, has beat three of the highest middleweight contenders in Darren Until, Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum to earn one other shot.

As reported by MMA Combating, Adesanya mentioned: “Properly you realize, the previous mozzie, my arch-nemesis, that different c**t, what’s his identify?”

“Whittaker. Bobby Knuckles. I knocked him out twice . . . I don’t know what the f**okay is gonna occur with this complete COVID factor however we have to run that again in Auckland.

We have to run that again in my territory this time. I’ll inform you when it’s. You don’t get to resolve, I get to resolve – trigger why? I’m the motherf***** king, b****.”

Israel Adesanya’s striking was on a whole different level to Marvin Vettori’s


Israel Adesanya’s putting was on a complete totally different stage to Marvin Vettori’s

When will Israel Adesanya return?

UFC president Dana White confirmed that Adesanya will subsequent defend his middleweight title towards Whittaker with a struggle earmarked this yr.

“That’s the factor I really like about Adesanya,” White mentioned.

“Adesanya, earlier than this struggle occurred, possibly two or three days in the past, we acquired the phrase that ‘I wish to struggle once more in October.’

“He hasn’t even fought but and this child is already speaking about his subsequent struggle. I really like that. Adesanya has turn out to be a really badass champion for us. So yeah, we’ll determine him and Whittaker ASAP.”

Robert Whittaker has fought back into contention after losing the title to Adesanya in 2019

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Robert Whittaker has fought again into competition after shedding the title to Adesanya in 2019

Will the rematch with Robert Whittaker be delayed?

The second assembly between the pair was initially anticipated to happen at UFC 268 in November on the iconic Madison Sq. Backyard.

However COVID-19 restrictions have pressured the promotion to vary its plans with Adesanya v Whittaker 2 set to be postponed till 2022.

Whittaker’s supervisor Titus Day advised the Each day Telegraph: “Rob had been advised he can be preventing at Madison Sq. Backyard.

“However there have been some points since and it might’t occur. Apparently, Adesanya might get into America for the struggle, however he wouldn’t have been in a position to get again to New Zealand instantly afterwards.

“So whereas we all know the struggle goes to occur, it’s now turn out to be a matter of when. Sadly, given every part occurring with COVID in Australia and New Zealand for the time being, it might not be till early subsequent yr.”

Jon Jones has been involved in a war of words with Adesanya for years

Jon Jones has been concerned in a confrontation with Adesanya for years

Might Adesanya face one other opponent? Will he struggle Jon Jones?

Adesanya’s coach Eugene Bareman has claimed that any delay to a title struggle with Whittaker might push the New Zealand-born Aussie out of the image.

Talking on the It’s Time for Sports activities podcast, he mentioned: “One factor that’s wanting not possible, is for us to have the ability to get a voucher to get again into this nation this yr.

“That’s in the end the crux of the issue, not the opponent. We don’t care in regards to the opponent. It may be Robert [Whittaker], it won’t be Robert.

“I’ve already acknowledged, so far as I’m involved Robert’s competing with everyone else for that spot. However we can’t get into the nation once more this yr, so it’ll should be pushed again to subsequent yr.

“And, sadly for Robert and his staff, that places them in a very unlucky predicament.

“As a result of in-between all of that taking place, another person may put up their hand and be a a lot better, extra delectable struggle. Think about if Darren Until acquired two wins? Then Robert, you’re getting shifted again one.”

Adesanya himself has revealed that he’s 100 per cent certain that he’ll get struggle Jon Jones however he doubts Bones will be a part of him at heavyweight.

He advised Ariel Helwani on MMAFighting’s The MMA Hour: “I see it. I see it 100 %.

“However that’s the factor. You’ve acquired to know when to carry them, you’ve acquired to know when to fold them, and the track just isn’t over but. So keep tuned.

“We’ll struggle sooner or later. I don’t know the place or the way it’s going to occur. I simply have an thought of what’s going to occur.

“However yeah, see if he strikes up in weight first. See if he strikes up in weight first and offers with these guys there. I believe he can, however does he suppose he can?”


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