Israel Adesanya defeated Robert Whittaker by unanimous choice in the principle occasion of UFC 271 on Saturday in Houston. The Nigerian-born New Zealand fighter stays the undisputed middleweight champion.
Israel Adesanaya do not let go of your belt. Still undefeated within the middleweight class, the 32-year-old fighter dominated American Robert Whittaker by unanimous choice (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) on Saturday in the principle occasion of UFC 271 in Houston. A brand new victory on the expense of an opponent from whom the New Zealand native of Nigeria had stolen the title in October 2019 on a KO within the 2nd spherical.
This time, there was no knockout however a typically managed victory after 5 rounds. “I knew he was going to offer every little thing on battle, commented Adesanya. He had nothing to lose however I’m the champion, and if you would like my belt, you need to come and take it from me! I’m the ‘massive one’ on this cage so he could not take me down.”
Whittaker ‘shocked by choice’
For Taylor Lapilus, MMA advisor for RMC Sport, Robert Whittaker “missed his fight mentally.” But the American, all smiles, didn’t appear downcast by his second defeat towards the middleweight champion: “I’m happy to have made this fight, to have given everything. I thought I had done enough. I was surprised at the decision but I’m not going to take anything away from his victory. He beat me a 2nd time.”
The UFC night was additionally marked by a knockout as surprising because it was spectacular. Thanks to a horrible elbow within the 2nd spherical, the Australian heavyweight Tai Tuivasa knocked out the American Derrick Lewis, already defeated by Ciryl Gane final August. A devastating knockout to see in our video above.