UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2 Tips & Preview

What. A. Fight.

Israel Adesanya has put himself in the conversation as being the greatest of all time in the Middleweight division with his only loss in his professional career coming when stepping up in weight to challenge for the Light Heavyweight strap.

He has defended his Middleweight title three times since dismantling Whittaker back in to unify the championship back in October 2019 in Melbourne including wins over Yoel Romero, Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori.

There is no denying the fact that Whittaker deserves a rematch putting together three wins in a row since that fateful night at the Etihad Stadium in 2019 with wins over Darren Till, Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum.

Adesanya has been so dominant in this division that we forget just how good Whittaker was before the champ’s rein and his wins against Yoel Romero, with a fair amount of adversity were extraordinary.

Izzy is such a well rounded fighter and his fighting IQ is on par with anyone that we have seen in the Middleweight division, Anderson Silva included, and he is a very good points fighter.

He uses his distance well to fight from range and has many weapons at his disposal but if his challenge of Jan Blacowicz’s Light Heavyweight title showed anything, it is that his weakness may be on the ground.

If Whittaker can control some of this fight with his wrestling on the canvas, he may do enough to secure rounds in the judge’s eyes and although I do think this is a tough challenge, he is the smartest betting play at his current price.

Author: Paula Allen