UFC 243: Whittaker vs Adesanya Preview
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, October 5, 2019
The UFC are expected to break all their records when they return to Melbourne, Australia, with the biggest Middleweight Championship in UFC history. Australia’s Robert "The Reaper" Whittaker will defend his UFC Middleweight Championship against New Zealand’s Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya at Marvel Stadium and the event is expected to be sold out and shatter their previous attendance record set at UFC 193, where Holly Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey to become the new UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion from the same venue, then known as Docklands Stadium.
Whittaker was originally scheduled to defend his title against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 234 earlier this year however, he was forced to pull out of the event following an emergency surgery that resulted in the promotion setting up an interim-title fight at UFC 236 between Adesanya, who was coming off a win over Anderson Silva, and Gastelum.
The fight between Adesanya and Gastelum didn’t disappoint and is now considered by many as the greatest Middleweight championship fight of all time and one of the greatest fights in UFC history. Adesanya won the fight by unanimous decision and a stadium event in Australia was the perfect place for Whittaker and Adesanya to unify the titles.
This is an intriguing fight in that Adesanya has a very unorthodox style and has the reach advantage but in the fight with a smaller opponent in Gastelum, there may’ve been some opening that the champion Whittaker will be able to take advantage of.
Whittaker was able to shut down Yoel Romero in back to back fights last year, so he has proven to be resilient and durable in championship fights, which can give him the edge against the larger challenger Adesanya will also have to be careful with his timing and risks as Whittaker does have an edge when it comes to wrestling and has the ability to catch the challenger off guard.
Prediction: Israel Adesanya wins to become undisputed UFC Middleweight Champion
I think that the time is now for Adesanya and that he’ll get a massive win over Whittaker in front of 50,000+ in Melbourne, Australia. The Last Stylebender is currently undefeated in MMA with a record of 17-0 and a win over Whittaker could open the door to a potential superfight with UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones, who he’s been trading insults and going back-and-forth with on social media.
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