Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker will clash for the second time at UFC 271 this weekend with the Middleweight title on the line at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
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Israel Adesanya v Robert Whittaker II UFC 271 Betting Tips & Predictions
Israel Adesanya will put his UFC Middleweight title on the line against Robert Whittaker in Houston, Texas this weekend.
This will be ‘The Last Stylebender’s’ fourth title defence. He won the belt back at UFC 243 in October 2019 when he knocked out this weekend’s opponent in the second round.
Casual onlookers will look at that result and feel that Adesanya will once again walk through ‘The Reaper’. One thing you need to know about that last fight – Whittaker had not been in the Octagon for 16 months and that clearly took its toll.
Whittaker was the champion going into the first fight. He originally won the interim belt after beating Yoel Romero and was eventually promoted to full champ.
His first title defence saw him stopped in the second round as Adesanya took no prisoners.
Since that fight, Adesanya has actually tasted his first professional defeat. Don’t worry it was not in the middleweight division. Adesanya attempted to become a two-weight champion by moving up to light heavyweight.
It was worth the gamble, but he lost on points to champion Jan Blachowicz. He moved back to middleweight for his next bout and was awarded a unanimous points decision over Marvin Vettori.
Since his defeat to Adesanya in 2019, Whittaker has fought three times with all fights ending in a unanimous points decision victory. He beat Darren Till in July 2020 before defeating Jared Cannonier three months later.
He comes into this title fight on the back of a points win over Kelvin Gastelum last April in the fight of the night.
This has the potential of being a thrilling bout as well as an all-out war. Whittaker is definitely more prepared for Adesanya this time around, but I am backing The Last Stylebender to hear those famous words – And Still……
I am backing this to go the distance with Adesanya getting his arm raised at the end and keeping hold of his championship belt.
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Israel Adesanya v Robert Whittaker II UFC 271 Betting Tips & Predictions: Fighter’s Predictions
Israel Adesanya: “I saw a little snippet of what he was saying. It’s like he finds it hard to swallow. It’s a hard pill for him to swallow. He’s admitting it, he’s saying the right things, but he’s not believing it. His ego won’t let him and that’s his downfall. His ego. People tried to say that about me leading to the first fight. ‘Oh, he’s too egotistical. He’s not humble like Whittaker.’ I’m like, bro, stop. I am extraordinarily humble. I know my limits as a human being and my capabilities. So, I know I’m the sh*t but at the same time, I know I ain’t sh*t. He needs to check himself. He’s got this newfound mental clarity and it would help him positively if it was true. I just don’t buy into it.”
Robert Whittaker: “After the loss with Israel, I took a step to the left. I left the game and I didn’t know whether I’d come back because at the time I wasn’t enjoying anything. I didn’t enjoy the lead-up to the fight. I didn’t enjoy fight week. I didn’t enjoy the media. I wasn’t enjoying myself day-to-day. I had to understand how I was doing things, why I wanted to do things and where I wanted. He is a loudmouth. Talks a lot of trash, especially once his adrenaline is up and the blood is pumping, he loves mouthing off. That’s his thing. It annoyed me the first time but I’m good now. He’s a distraction. Some of that stuff got to me the first time. I let them get to me, the way I interpreted them, the way I took the things that got under my skin. It just magnified everything for me. Izzy was an easy avenue for me to direct my anger which clouded my vision and brain.”
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