UFC: Whittaker Has A Few Tricks Up His Sleeve For Adesanya Rematch
Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker “has a couple of things up his sleeve”, ready for potential rematch with the current champion, Israel Adesanya.
At UFC 243, Whittaker lost his middleweight title to Adesanya after he was TKO’d in the second round. Since then, ‘The Reaper’ has won two on the bounce, against Darren Till at UFC Fight Island 3 and Jared Cannonier at UFC 254, and is now set to face Kelvin Gastelum in UFC Vegas 24 main event.
‘I Love My Job’
If Whittaker beats Gastelum, he would have defeated three top contenders on the spin since losing the title. Despite this however, he’s still unsure if that will be enough to earn him a title shot. Speaking to ESPN, the 30 year old said that he’s going to keep fighting until an opportunity comes his way.
“It’s hard to say, the UFC and Izzy have all the power,” Whittaker stated. “So I’m just looking at this as it’s how I make a living, this is my job and I love my job, I enjoy making a living providing for my family like this. So I’m just going to do my thing, I’m going to work hard, earn my money, and then I’m going to enjoy time with my family and the lifestyle that it provides me.”
While the first fight didn’t go his way, Whittaker says he has a couple of tricks up his sleeve for ‘The Last Stylebender’ when they eventually meet inside the Octagon again.
“Perhaps, perhaps, it’s very hard to adapt the plans without [Blachowicz’s] power,” Whittaker said. “But we’ve got to wait and see how Izzy comes back down to middleweight. I’ve got a couple of things up my sleeve I’m looking to try next time we cross paths, so we’ll wait and see.”
Although Whittaker wants to run it back with the reigning middleweight champion, Adesanya is keeping a close eye on the UFC Vegas 23 main event between Darren Till and Marvin Vettori, because he wants to fight the Brit next, should he beat ‘The Italian Dream’.
There’s another important top ten middleweight contest taking place this weekend at UFC Vegas 22, between Derek Brunson and Kevin Holland.
Do you think Robert Whittaker can avenge his loss to Israel Adesanya in a potential rematch?