Robert Whittaker is known as one of the most decent and likable fighters on the complete UFC roster. However, Israel Adesanya managed to get under the skin of the former champion and Whittaker seems quite irritated when it comes to the current middleweight champion.
Adesanya and Whittaker fought at UFC 243 events in October 2019. "Stylebender" broke Whittaker's nine-win streak with a knockout in the second round and became the new middleweight champion. The Nigerian has defended his middleweight belt as many as three times in just under two years, and his next fight will surely be his rematch against Robert Whittaker.
The popular "Bobby Knuckles" after the defeat against Adesanya scored three victories, and Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum fell in succession. Whittaker has looked fantastic in all three appearances and is expected to provide a much better fight in the return leg.
An interesting detail is Whittaker’s six demolitions in the last three fights. These are two more demolitions than in the remaining 14 fights within the UFC. It seems that Robert has become aware that he will have to add a wrestling segment to his tactics because it is simply too risky to expect a victory against Adesanya exclusively in the stand.
Although the date of the rematch is not yet known, Whittaker touched on the current middleweight ruler in an interview with The Howie Games. '' I don't want to talk much about Israel because he's a piece of s*it.
He’s just s*it and tra*h." "I don’t love him and he doesn’t love me. We are two cats that come from different tracks and we don't get along with each other, '' Bobbby Knuckles said. Whittaker looked back on the first fight and admitted that his emotional approach cost him a better performance.
Israel Adesanya did not spare Robert Whittaker with "trash talk" and managed to get into the opponent's head. '' I was too emotional in the last fight. His trash talk paid off for him. I was generally in a bad mental state, and I experienced his story too emotionally because I don’t like him (Adesanya) as a person."
"I lost my composure. I didn’t fight the way I know and how I should have, but I don’t want to diminish his victory. He got into my head and all credit to him for that, but he's still a piece of s*it, '' Whittaker explained that he actually lost his first fight before it even started.