UFC 236: Dana White Reports he Has Staff Looking For Stadium in Australia
By FCF Staff
Now that Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker are going to fight later this year, Dana White’s reporting he has his staff looking for a stadium in Australia to host the title fight.
Adesanya, who resides in New Zealand, won the interim middleweight title last night at UFC 236, by outscoring Kelvin Gastelum. As a result, the vaunted striker will take on the ruling, middleweight champ, and Australia resident, Whittaker next.
For a little while now, Adesanya had been pushing for a bout with Whittaker to take place in New Zealand or Australia. Following UFC 236, White reported the following (quote via MMA Junkie):
“We were going to do that fight here; I wanted that fight in the U.S.,” White said. “We’re definitely not doing that fight in the U.S. That fight is going to Australia. It will be massive in Australia. I put my guys on that. That’s their homework for this week. A stadium, not an arena, A stadium in Australia.”
And while discussing the location of the title fight, Adesanya had this to say:
“It could be in Australia, but Auckland I think is a viable option, as well,” Adesanya said. “We can push back and forth, because he is a born Kiwi but he’s a Maussie. He’s representing Australia. When I’ll be ready again? He says August. I say let me go shower first.”
Whittaker hasn’t competed since last June when he defeated Yoel Romero by split decision.