Israel Adesanya recently shut down the idea of facing Robert Whittaker in a trilogy for the UFC middleweight title. The current middleweight champion had no interest in potentially running back anything.
Those comments didn’t sit very well with Robert Whittaker who was quick to fire back at the UFC middleweight champion. The Australian believes Israel Adesanya knows he’s the toughest fight in the division currently.
“I’m the most dangerous person in the division and I threaten everyone, no-one is safe in this division and of course, he wants me to get out of there,” UFC middleweight Whittaker told talkSPORT, “I’m the hunter and I want it. He saw after that last fight that I wanted it and I’m coming for it and I’m not gonna stop until I get it. It’s scary, just picture looking over your shoulder and seeing me there. I’m really happy where I am right now. I’m doing some good work in the middleweight division and the hunt to get the fight is fun in a way. I’m enjoying the idea of beating up everyone in front of me until they’re looking at a list with every name scratched off like, well, Rob’s left.”
Israel Adesanya also suggested Robert Whittaker should move up to light heavyweight and try to have a championship run in the new weight class. The former UFC champion is not against the idea but it would mean he’d never return to middleweight.
“Who knows how fate is? Maybe I’ll give 205[Ibs] a go,” Whittaker said. “The only thing is though, 205 isnt going to be an up-down system. If I go up to 205, that’s where I’m finishing up. I don’t do things half-cocked. I’ll do it properly. I’ll get massive and just get in there and throw bombs.”