Robert Whittaker Issues Statement After UFC 243 Loss To Israel Adesanya
At UFC 243, Robert Whittaker lost the UFC Middleweight Championship to Israel Adesanya (find the results here). Adesanya stopped “The Reaper” in the second round, after landing a beautiful combination. The referee stepped in to stop the fight in the fourth minute, and after the fight, Whittaker made it clear that he wasn’t done yet.
During the post-fight interview inside the Octagon, Whittaker gave props to “The Last Stylebender”. “Yeah, hats off to Adesanya”, Whittaker told Jon Anik. “He is a great striker. I thought I was doing pretty well, until you get caught. But, you know I’m only 28. I’ll see him in a fight or two yeah? Thanks for everyone who came out today. Thanks to my family and thanks to my coaches. Everybody did great getting me here. Honestly, this is the best I’ve ever felt. I didn’t get the W today but I am not going anywhere.”
Since then, “Bobby Knuckles” reacted to the loss on social media, and said he was going to come back better than ever.
“I just want to say thank you for all the love and support I have felt from everybody, it honestly makes me love what I do”, Whittaker wrote on his Instagram. “Tonight just wasn’t my night, it happens but I’ll just come back stronger. I always do.”
Before fighting “Izzy”, Robert Whittaker remained inactive for nearly a year and a half. He last fought Yoel Romero in mid 2018, and after a long lay-off, looked a little rusty at UFC 243. However, the former middleweight champion also said he’d rematch Adesanya after picking up a win or two.