Robert Whittaker Expects ‘Respectful’ Build-Up To UFC 271

    Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker isnโ€™t expecting him and Israel Adesanya to talk a lot of trash ahead of UFC 271.

    Whittaker lost the middleweight title to Adesanya at UFC 243 in front of a raucous crowd in Melbourne, AU. After getting knocked out, Whittaker has managed to work his way back to the title shot and possible revenge against Adesanya.

    Whittaker and Adesanya dove head-first into Australia vs. New Zealand rivalry ahead of UFC 243. While there wasnโ€™t obvious hate and disdain between the two of them, there was surely tension and a bit of mental warfare leading up to the fight.

    During an exclusive interview with LowKickMMAโ€™s Jordan Ellis, Whittaker spoke about the possibility of lightning striking twice when it comes to the pre-fight fanfare.

    โ€œThe only thing I can control is myself and my actions,โ€ Whittaker said. โ€œI have completely come to terms with how I do things, why I do things, and my ego is always looking forward to the next fight. I donโ€™t see myself getting affected as much. I think we can have a really respectful fight. Weโ€™re the two biggest names and I think itโ€™ll be something different this time.โ€

    Robert Whittaker Has Worked His Way Back To The UFC Middleweight Title

    Whittaker has won three fights in a row since his first UFC middleweight loss to Adesanya. Heโ€™s earned three-straight unanimous decisions over Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum over the past two years.

    During this same time, Adesanya has emerged as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world and has dominated challengers to his throne. He most recently put on a striking clinic against Marvin Vettori at UFC 263.

    Regardless of what happens at UFC 271, itโ€™s clear that Whittaker and Adesanya will be directly linked for years to come. This time around, itโ€™s all business between the two best middleweights in the world.

    What is your prediction for Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya 2?

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