Last month, Robert Whittaker defeated Jared Cannonier in what most believed to be a number one contender fight. The winner would place themselves at the top of the Middleweight division, and in line to face the current Champion, Israel Adesanya.
Although Adesanya expressed an interest to face Cannonier, it was Whittaker who got his hand raised. However, Adesanya was shortly after booked to face Jan Blachowicz, and Dana White claimed it came as a result of Whittaker not wanting to fight Adesanya.
In an interview with MMAFighting.com, when asked about the situation, Whittaker said:
“It was never offered, there were no talks, there was no correspondence […] there was no discussion, communication or dialogue. That’s annoying.”
Referring back to Dana White’s comments, he added:
“He twisted my words around, I think because he and the UFC had their own designs. I think they wanted that fight, that’s a money fight for them.”
Speaking about what he wants going forward, Whittaker stated:
“Adesanya is the only fight I want […] it is the fight I have a right to.”