Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker will headline UFC 271 on February 13. It’s been over two years since Adesanya defeated Whittaker by KO at UFC 243.
For the latest Adesanya fight review check out the Adesanya v Cannonier
Robert Whittaker will contest Israel Adesanya (the champion) for the Middleweight title at the Toyota Centre in Houston on Sunday, February 13.
Since their last bout in 2019, Whittaker has won three consecutive fights, while Adesanya is 3-1, losing to former light heavyweight champion, Jan Błachowicz.
Aussie Tai Tuivasa will take on American heavyweight, Derek Lewis in the co-main event.
Who: Israel Adesanya v Robert Whittaker 2
What: UFC 271
When: Sunday, February 13 at the Toyota Centre, Houston.
How to watch: UFC fight pass, ESPN+ or Kayo.
Odds: Adesanya is the firm favourite over Whittaker (see below).
UFC fighter turned commentator, Daniel ‘DC’ Cormier believes the rematch will be much closer than the original fight between Adesanya and Whittaker.
“Whittaker has shown a lot of improvement since his loss to Adesanya, racking up wins against top contenders including Kelvin Gastelum, Jared Cannonier and Darren Till.
I think a lot of that nervous energy that he may have felt in that fight is not going to be as prevalent, you know. He won’t feel like he needs to rush, he’ll be more patient, he’ll be more willing to take his time in his approach.”
Since their last fight in October 2019, Adesanya has defended his belt three times. His only setback came in a failed bid to become the double-champ against former light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259.
It’s this reason why the bookies are giving Israel Adesanya the edge.
|Middleweight title bout||Israel Adesanya v Robert Whittaker|
|Heavyweight bout||Derek Lewis v Tai Tuivasa|
|Middleweight bout||Jared Cannonier v Derek Brunson|
|Bantamweight bout||Kyler Phillips v Marcelp Rojo|
At the time, UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker took on an unbeaten UFC Interim Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya (17-0) in the main event of UFC 243. The bout took place at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
After landing multiple shots early, Adesanya landed a big left hook that staggered Whittaker before dropping him. Adesanya followed with strikes on the ground before the referee called off the fight.
Adesanya won the fight by second round KO.
In Australia, you can watch the fight via pay-per-view (PPV) with UFC fight pass, ESPN+ or Kayo. According to the Kayo website, “You don’t need a regular Kayo subscription, just choose an event, complete your purchase and start streaming live instantly.”