Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has weighed in on criticism of Israel Adesanya’s recent performances in the Octagon.
‘The Last Stylebender’ is undefeated in the middleweight division and has successfully defended his title five times. The Nigerian-New Zealander is known for his outstanding attacking ability, but has recently drawn criticism from fans due to his lack of finishing and his willingness to deliver methodical decision wins.
The 33-year-old’s last stoppage win came in 2020 when he defeated Paulo Costa. Since then, he has battled to three straight unanimous decision wins in the 185-pound division.
Whittaker, who lost by KO and decision to Adesanya, spoke with Ariel Helwani on MMA time about the champion’s style and whether or not it’s entertaining. ‘The Reaper’ said:
“He’s a perfect defensive striker… I don’t like that style because it’s a pain to fight him, so it’s complicated… I like the way Ciryl Gane fights, I like that.” style. He can be allusive when he wants to, but he can come in and hurt you when he wants to. I like my style! I like being hard to hit, but I like the ability I have to hit them when I want to.”
Watch the full interview with Robert Whittaker below:
Robert Whittaker bets on Israel Adesanya for Alex Pereira fight
UFC 281 will be headlined by longtime rivals Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira for the middleweight title.
The pair have a checkered history dating back to their time as professional kickboxers. ‘Poatan’ faced Adesanya twice, winning by unanimous decision and KO. The rematch loss marked the only KO loss of Adesanya’s combat sports career to date.
The UFC has been struggling to find a legitimate threat to Adesanya’s reign as middleweight champion. Pereira debuted in 2021 and his three-fight winning streak, which includes a surprising KO over Sean Strickland, was deemed enough to sign off his combat sports trilogy by the end of this year.
Discussing the upcoming title fight in mixed martial arts time, Robert Whittaker stated that if he was going to bet on the fight, he would put it on Adesanya:
“If I was betting, I would have to say I would bet on Israel. I think in an offensive and defensive matchup, the defensive forward would have to be the favourite. Alex is very upright and longer, it’s hard to tell how.” small gloves will affect both guys getting hit… It’s a very interesting fight.”
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