HOUSTON – Israel Adesanya thinks UFC 271 wasn’t his greatest efficiency, nevertheless it wasn’t his worst.
In a title rematch towards Robert Whittaker (23-6 MMA, 14-4 UFC), the UFC middleweight champion Adesanya (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) swept the judges’ scorecards 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 in entrance of a capability Toyota Heart crowd.
“7-out-of-10,” Adesanya informed MMA Junkie at a post-fight information convention. “Not dangerous. A great night time within the workplace. A great chess match.”
Within the lead-up to the battle, Adesanya reiterated how he needed to win extra impressively than his second-round knockout win over Whittaker at UFC 243 in October 2019. The battle ended up being longer and nearer, nevertheless it is sensible to Adesanya that his prediction was off.
“It’s simpler mentioned than executed,” Adesanya mentioned. “It’s simpler mentioned than executed when you’ve already been in there with him earlier than. I really feel like folks have goldfish reminiscences. After they get in there with me, they understand, ‘Oh sh*t. It’s not as straightforward as we thought.’ Yeah, they simply need to revert again to what they know. … We’re simply two guys making an attempt to be the very best on this planet, however tonight, I’m the very best on this planet.”
As for what’s subsequent, Adesanya already has his subsequent opponent penciled in. UFC president Dana White revealed the next title challenger shall be Jared Cannonier, who defeated Derek Brunson via second-round knockout earlier on the UFC 271 predominant card.
“I used to be excited to see (Cannonier vs. Brunson) and see the way it was going to play out,” White informed MMA Junkie after the occasion. “It was an superior battle. And yeah, I’m not going to say, ‘no,’ to Cannonier.”
Cannonier (15-5 MMA, 8-5) has received 5 of his most up-to-date six outings with victories over Brunson, Kelvin Gastelum, Jack Hermansson, Anderson Silva, and David Department. His only loss within the stretch was to Whittaker, in a battle through which he severely injured his arm.
“The division is full of killers, however I’m trying ahead to recent meat,” Adesanya mentioned. … (I didn’t see his battle in) shut element. I simply noticed bits and items. I believe he even bought rocked. I noticed he bought taken down. Then, he elbowed Brunson. I didn’t actually take inventory. I’ll return and watch the fights later and see what it’s. He made a press release. I even informed him after the weigh-in, not the ceremonial one, I mentioned, ‘Please, take this man out so I can get some recent meat. He mentioned, ‘Bro, I’m making an attempt to work.’ I mentioned, ‘Me, too.’ So I’m a person of my phrase.”
Since he defeated Whittaker for the title, Adesanya has gone 4-1 with title defenses towards Yoel Romero, Paulo Costa, Marvin Vettori, and now Whittaker. His solely loss in that stretch got here in a light heavyweight title challenge towards then-champion Jan Blachowicz.