UFC 243: Israel Adesanya Reflects on Win, Says “There Was no Feeling” Behind Robert Whittaker’s Moves
By FCF Staff
Israel Adesanya took out Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 to become the undisputed, middleweight champion, and “The Last Stylebender” had some interesting things to say about the Australian star’s performance.
Adesanya put away Whittaker in round two with a perfectly placed, left hook. The fight marked the first time since 2014 Whittaker had been defeated, and snapped his nine-fight winning streak. During the post-fight press conference, Adesanya had this to say about the bout and Whittaker’s performance (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“When I saw him walk out, he was too intense,” he said. “You can’t fake that s*it. You can put your hoodie over your eyes and (beat your chest) all you want. It’s pheromones. I can smell it off him. It’s like, he’s not with it. He was doing the right moves, but there was no feeling behind it. So I saw everything coming.”
“I was like, don’t look at the TV – look at me,” Adesanya said. “You’ve got to worry about me right now. I could have rested on my laurels and be like, ‘I dropped him, and I’m going to rush him now.’ Nah. He’s a beast. If I try and fight dumb and try and go for the finish right now, he could catch me and lay me the f*ck out.”
With the victory, Adesanya moved his overall record to 18-0 and the vaunted striker has gone 7-0 in the Octagon.