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Adesanya out to ‘have fun’ against Whittaker at UFC 243

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Israel Adesanya says he plans to “have fun the whole way” when he steps into the octagon against Robert Whittaker in their huge UFC 243 title unification fight on Sunday.⁣⁣⁣


Middleweight champion Whittaker (20-4) of Australia goes up against undefeated interim champion Adesanya (17-0) of Nigeria and New Zealand at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, in what is expected to be the biggest gate in UFC history with more than 55,000 fans.⁣

And ‘The Last Stylebender’ looks to continue his undefeated ways with a victory over Whittaker, and have some fun in the process.⁣

“It’s going to be me having fun the whole way,” said Adesanya, in a pre-fight interview with Sports Illustrated. “I just have to have fun and keep that same energy, and that’s what I’m going to do.”⁣


Adesanya and Whittaker are without a doubt two of the world’s most elite middleweight mixed martial artists, but some in Whittaker’s camp feel the 30-year-old Nigerian’s wrestling ability will be a weakness when he takes on the 28-year-old Aussie.⁣

“Whittaker can believe whatever he wants to believe,” continued Adesanya. “Belief and reality are two separate things, and I’ll show him what’s real in the cage.⁣

“And when people talk about the fight, that’s all white noise. I use it to my advantage when I can, but most of the time, it’s just white noise that I either laugh at, scoff at, or ignore.⁣

“Look at what Whittaker said about my last fight [against KelvinGastelum in April at UFC 236]. He said I don’t have any pop in my punches. But, like I said, reality is a lot different than what he believes.⁣

“Look at Whittaker’s last fight [against Yoel Romero in June 2018 at UFC 225]. He fought a 42-year-old wrestler and got dropped and spun around. I’m not a 42-year-old wrestler. If he gets touched by me multiple times, we all know where the fight is going.”⁣

Adesanya is most pundits’ favourite to emerge victorious in Melbourne but he insists he is not resting on his past success.⁣

“To me, that’s the challenge,” he continued. “Look at all the champs over time once they get the belt – they just fall off. I’m not one of those guys. The belt isn’t my ultimate prize; it just looks good with all my other gold, chains, and diamonds.”⁣

He added: “The belt is a challenge. But me beating Robert Whittaker in Melbourne, Australia, his home country, that drives me more than just winning a belt.”⁣
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