Israel Adesanya Plans To Easily Beat Robert Whittaker
“Speak softly and carry a big stick.” — The outdated phrase that pertained to sports anyway. Especially a fierce competitor like Israel Adesanya. Izzy has no problem foretelling and telling exactly how he feels before he steps into the octagon. Speaking to the media, Izzy pledged that he’d pick apart Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker… and with ease.
Competing in the Middleweight division, Adesanya is the UFC’s only interim champion left. Undefeated with 17 professional wins (6 in the UFC), it’s no surprise that has confidence. Projecting the warrior spirit is a lost art in today’s MMA climate. As well as, having the talent level to back up the statements.
Making Comments on UFC 243’s Conference Call
Recently, on the UFC’s conference call for UFC 243, Adesanya spoke on the upcoming matchup with Whittiker. Vowing to not only beat Rob, but Izzy also said he would do it with ease.
“He’s a guy I can pick apart easily,” Adesanya told reporters.
“A challenge I haven’t faced before? I don’t think so. He (Robert Whittaker ) just does what he does very well. There’s only a certain amount of awkwardness that he has that I haven’t seen before, but he can try to prove me wrong. From what I see, though, I’ll pick him apart quite easily.”
While Izzy has backed up his words in the past, facing Whittaker will be a thoroughly unconventional task. ‘Awkwardness’ aside, Rob possesses a unique skill set that allows him to push the pace, never break stride, and stay engaged to execute his gameplan. Recognizing Rob’s skillset, Adesanya still appears to not be concerned. Because of Adesanya believing in his tools, he believes to also have the matchup advantage heading into the fight.
“I have these attributes that I use very well, (in reference to height and reach) and I think what his camp might look at the last fight and think when Kelvin was able to get close,” Adesanya said. “That was just an error at our part and a good game plan on their part. But we’ve taken care of those errors. I’m going to be able to use my height and reach like I always have.”
Confidence is clearly something Adesanya doesn’t lack. The pair face off at UFC 243 on October 5th. The event takes place at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
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