Israel Adesanya Welcomes Wrestling With Robert Whittaker, Claims He’s In For ‘Rude Awakening’ At UFC 271

    ByRoss Markey

    Jan 25, 2022

    Israel Adesanya has welcomed any plans former champion, Robert Whittaker has to utilize his wrestling during their UFC 271 championship rematch next month. And claims the Auckland native is in for a “rude awakening” if he chooses to clinch with him.

    Headlining the UFC 271 event on February 12. in the promotion’s return to Houston, Texas, defending undisputed middleweight champion, Adesanya looks to move to 2-0 against former champion, Whittaker – who he dispatched with a second round knockout back in October 2018 to successfully unify the middleweight titles.

    Ahead of the re-run pairing, Whittaker failed to confirm he would be attempting to wrestle this time around against Adesanya, but maintained that if the opportunity to do so presented itself – it would be something he and his team would be looking to exploit.

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    However, according to Adesanya, the surging former champion, should be cautious with his approach to clinch or wrestle with him, claiming he is in for a “rude awakening”.

    “Rob (Robert Whittaker) going to be in shock,” Israel Adesanya said during an interview with `Combat TV. “He’s going to be in for a rude awakening when he feels me because the first time we didn’t clinch. I hope to clinch with him this time because every time they do it and they realize, ‘Oh, he’s a lot stronger than –’ they all say that. They think they know how strong I am until they feel me, then they’re like, ‘Oh sh*t.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)

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    In his most recent outing, Adesanya secured the third successful defense of his middleweight crown, besting Marvin Vettori with a unanimous decision victory back in June at UFC 263.

    For Whittaker, he has embarked on an impressive three-fight winning spree since dropping his title to Adesanya four years ago, first taking a unanimous decision over Darren Till, before lodging other judging triumphs against both Jared Cannonier, and then Kelvin Gastelum – the most recent of which in April.

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