Israel Adesanya coach Eugene Bareman has revealed why he does not want Robert Whittaker to be eliminated in their upcoming rematch. Their first fight came at UFC 243 in October 2019 and saw Adesanya defeat Whittaker via KO in the second round.
‘The Last Stylebender’ is set to face Whittaker in a rematch later this month at UFC 271. Speaking to Submission Radio, Bareman suggested that rather than win a knockout in a rematch, he wants to saw his star pupil dominate Whittaker in a fight that lasted five rounds.
“Look, no, people won’t agree with me – but the last thing you can do in combat sports, I think, is not a knockout. That is a vindication. And so what I want to happen is just a five-round vindication, with no end in sight this time. But like, every round, there’s only stacks, stacks, stacks of damage. And it just leaves no doubt. It just leaves no doubt. There are 25 minutes of mastery. ”
Watch Eugene Bareman tackle the Adesanya-Whittaker rematch and more in the video below:
Robert Whittaker feels he has improved over Israel Adesanya since their UFC 243 fight
Robert Whittaker recently appeared on Morning Kombat to discuss his important rematch with Adesanya. ‘The Reaper’ was asked if he felt that Adesanya had improved since their first battle.
The former UFC middleweight champion responded by suggesting that Adesanya hasn’t progressed enough to keep up with him and his skill set. Whittaker says:
“To keep up with me and my skill set, definitely not. I think my skill set is much more diverse than his. I think I’m a better fighter. I’ll be honest. If no, I wouldn’t fight him; if I didn’t have the confidence and the belief that I could beat him. And yes, I’m likely going to shake his head at him at the end of the week.”
Since the KO loss to Israel Adesanya, Robert Whittaker has racked up three straight wins in octagon appearances. ‘The Reaper’ three-match winning streak includes impressive wins over Darren Till, Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum. Whittaker is scheduled to face UFC middleweight champion Adesanya in a rematch for the title at UFC 271 on February 12.
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