UFC President Dana White Confirms The 185-Pound Title Fight Between Robert Whittaker And Israel Adesanya Will Take Place In “The Land Down Under”
Rumors of moving UFC Middleweight title unification match from Australia to the USA appeared a few days ago. But UFC boss Dana White recently spoke to media and said the bout between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya would happen in Australia.
“This machine that we’ve built, this is a global machine, this isn’t the United States machine, this isn’t a UK machine, this is a global machine. I’m gonna put on a fight this fall in Australia that’s gonna blow the f*cking doors off that country, okay.”
Dana White continued.
“And, it’s gonna be a massive event over there. The world will watch this fight.”
The UFC head honcho Dana White then revealed he talked about Robert Whittaker Vs Israel Adesanya 185-pound title unification bout all the time.
“I’m talking about Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker. The world will watch that fight, from Australia, which will be a massive event there.”
Robert Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) defeated Yoel Romero at UFC 213 to win the UFC Interim Middleweight title. After Georges St-Pierre vacated his belt, “Bobby Knuckles” was promoted to the undisputed champ.
Romero missed weight, so Whittaker faced him in a non-title five-round bout at UFC 225, which was later voted for the Fight of the Year (2018). Robert Whittaker was set to meet Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 234, but he pulled out due to abdominal hernia issues.
The former AFC champ Israel Adesanya (17-0, 6-0) outlasted Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 to win the 185-pound belt after five wonderful rounds. He is one of the fastest and most dynamic strikers in the whole division.
So, what are your thoughts on this? Robert Whittaker lives in Australia, while Adesanya is a Nigerian-born New Zealander. Is this a good move by Dana White?