Linear middleweight champion Robert Whittaker said his next opponent, Israel Adesanya, is not as good as he thinks. The Australian spoke about the failures of his rival in an interview with ESPN.
Despite the criticism, Whittaker was impressed with the power of recovery of his rival in the fight with Gastelum in UFC 236 :
“If you look at the fight, you can see the flaws it has. If you look at each of his fights, you will notice. They are exposed in them, “said Whittaker.
“In his last fight there were many faults and mistakes that Gastelum may have explored, but he did not succeed because of the difference in height, ” said the linear champion, who compared his style to Kelvin’s. “I’m faster than Gastelum. I attack better and I feel more comfortable inside the
Whittaker commented on the fact that Adesanya received many blows to the face. At the end of the fight, the Nigerian, who is famous for dodging, came out quite bruised.
” Israel does not like to receive. But it is very easy to touch it. Is that. I hit hard. I like to reach people. I can hit them and cause harm. If he manages to withstand my punches for five rounds, all good. He deserves the victory. ” Robert affirmed.
The fight between both athletes has no confirmed date. That’s why UFC president Dana White said after UFC 236 that the fight between them should happen in Australia, probably in a stadium.
Adesanya affirmed, in the same conference, that he intends to take time out. Therefore, the fight would have to take place at the end of the year.
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