The UFC 263 event, which takes place on June 12, got a new main fight late last week. It’s a UFC middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori. All of this was agreed upon just days after Robert Whittaker’s brilliant win against Kelvin Gastelum.
As this was the third victory in a row for the Australian, which only confirmed his position as the first challenger, it was believed that he was going for Adesanya, but things turned out differently. Immediately after Whittaker's fight, Dana White announced that he was next unless he refused the offered fight and that in that case, the Vettori would jump in.
White, as Robert says, had already offered him a fight at the time, and it was probably clear to him that he would not be able to fight Adesanya less than two months after five rounds of fighting Gastelum. Vettori, who had fought a week before him, also five rounds, accepted it.
After all, he had a much easier job against Kevin Holland after all. It is interesting to hear Robert's explanation of the situation, after all, in which he was again left without the next attack on the title.
But he wisely made the best possible decision.
For a rematch against Adesanya, he has to do everything in detail and prepared. Of course, if he still holds the title by then. "I was offered a fight about an hour after the fight against Gastelum. Physically there was no way for me to do it.
Not only do I have injuries from the last fight, which I have to heal, but I have a flight to Australia and then two weeks of mandatory isolation." "I have to see how my body feels and how it will react, and then I would have to prepare.
Until June. That was impossible, "Whittaker told ESPN. He actually believes that it was all Israel Adesanya's idea, to put him in a position where he has to accept a fight in conditions that don’t suit him or he will be skipped.
In fact, in the end, he has no problem with the UFC giving the Italian to Adesanya, as he thinks he is definitely next. "I see what Izzy's intention is. He tried to get me to fight injured, to accept a 'short notice' fight, with all the chances against me, but there was no physical possibility for me to do it."
"I want that fight, my next fight will be for the title." "It has to be that way. He was just very persistent in fighting on that very date, and I can't. I'll be happy to fight the winner of that fight," Reaper explained.
Who is his favorite: "It is absolutely irrelevant to me. To be honest with you, I would most like them to beat each other to hell," he replied.