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Israel Adesanya comfortable to see Robert Whittaker again in UFC win column


Israel Adesanya praises fellow former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker for bouncing again.

Adesanya (24-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) dethroned Whittaker (26-7 MMA, 17-5 UFC) to turn into 185-pound champion at UFC 243. He beat him a second time of their title-fight rematch at UFC 271.

Each fighters are on a quest to regain gold. Adesanya returns Aug. 17 at UFC 305 to problem middleweight champion Dricus Du Plessis in the principle occasion in Perth, Australia. In the meantime, Whittaker is sitting on a two-fight successful streak after getting his hand raised towards Paulo Costa and most just lately Ikram Aliskerov.

“I used to be combating the native hero, Rob Whittaker, who simply really had a terrific win every week or two weeks in the past, however I used to be combating him right here and defending my belt for the primary time on enemy territory,” Adesanya mentioned in an interview with “TODAY.” “I mentioned, ‘You already know what? I’m going to make it a present.’ And I did.

“It (Whittaker’s knockout of Aliskerov) was lovely. Robbie’s that man. We fought twice. We at all times have historical past, nevertheless it was good to see him again within the win column, and he’s coming for me, so I’ve acquired to remain prepared.”

Identical to Adesanya is paying his respect to Whittaker, he expects Du Plessis (21-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) to do the identical. An enormous narrative main into UFC 305 is how Du Plessis identifies as the primary true African UFC champion – one thing Adesanya took umbrage with.

“For me, you need to honor the fellows who got here earlier than you,” Adesanya mentioned. “He’s the man saying, ‘I’m the true African champion,’ however look, you wouldn’t have been in a position to do what you’re doing at house in South Africa if myself, Francis Ngannou and Kamaru (Usman) didn’t pave the best way for you. So you need to respect your elders, and I’ll ensure that I do this to him.”

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