At UFC 243 this weekend Robert Whittaker v Israel Adesanya will headline the bill inside the Marvel Stadium, Mebourne Australia. Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker also puts his title on the line against interim champion Israel Adesanya.
This event will be the fourth time the promotion visits Melbourne and the second time in this arena. Who could forget that infamous night at UFC193 in 2015, when Holly Holm defeated Ronda Rousey for the UFC women’s Bantamweight title?
It has been an age from Robert Whittaker has defended his title. The former Ultimate Fighter reality series winner has had a historic 20-4 record with the UFC since making his debut in December 2012.
“The Reaper’ has secured victories over Brad Tavares, Uriah Hall, Derek Brunson, Jacre Souza and most recently Yoel Romero in absolute two wars.
Two stunning head-kick victories back to back over Uriah Hall and Jacre firmly put the current champions name on the radar.
However, it was his two recent fights with Cuban-powerhouse Yoel Romero that cemented Whittaker’s place at the top of the 185-pound tree.
Going ten rounds with Romero is no easy task for any fighter. But the high pace and intensity of Whittaker was just enough to win a controversial decision at UFC213. A rematch was immediately scheduled.
At UFC 225 Whittaker defended his title in another decision victory over Romero. With the champion out of action due to injury the question was who would be next?
The unbeaten Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya holds a professional unbeaten 17-0 mixed martial arts record. The interim champion has an impressive 11-0 unbeaten record and is one of the most exciting fighters in the world with his kickboxing style.
The New-Zealander has mostly fought his career in the Oceanic region and will return home this weekend, in the hope for more success.
In what has been a very active two year UFC stint with 6 fights, he is the most active competitor on the roster. As President Dana White said ‘If you like to fight whenever and whoever, you deserve an eventual title-shot’.
This is what the New-Zealand native will get on Saturday night.
At UFC243-Whittaker v Adesanya, can The Last Stylebender go one more and defeat The Reaper?
Former Lightweight title challenger and New York-native Al Iaquinta will look to get back in the win column this weekend at UFC 243-Whittaker v Adesanya.
A set-back loss to 155-champ Khabib Nurmagomedov in April 2018, a victory over Kevin Lee and then another defeat to Donald Cerrone has set back the career of ‘Ragin Al’.
At the age of 32, Iaquinta faces a tough and young Dan ‘The Hangman’ Hooker in his own back yard. Hooker was on a nice four-fight win streak until he too tasted defeat over Edson Barbosa in December 2018.
A knock-out victory win over James Vick in July has this fight finely posed. Can Iaquinta get over his shock loss to Cerrone? Or can Hooker continue his rise to the top of the division?
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