Robert Whittaker praised Israel Adesanya for being a great tactician inside the octagon. The former middleweight champion sees his upcoming opponent’s fighting style as what sets him apart from other top contenders.
In a recent discussion about Time MMA with Ariel Helwani, Whittaker called Adesanya a “great” boxer. The Australian also revealed that he appreciates boxers who do what it takes to win, despite what the crowd might think:
“[Israel Adesanya] is a good warrior. Props when due, like he’s a good fighter. He is a great warrior. I think he fights really smart and tactically. You see, that’s a good skill set to have. I think it’s an underrated thing, especially at the top of the ladder, that’s what you need to do to win. Whether it’s fun or not for the crowd. “
Watch Robert Whittaker talk about Adesanya below:
Robert Whittaker admitted he didn’t watch his first meeting with ‘The Last Stylebender’. Whittaker claims he doesn’t like replaying fights because he knows what happens from memory.
The two will have their much-anticipated rematch on February 12 at UFC 271. Adesanya won their first encounter at UFC 243 via a second-round knockout.
Israel Adesanya improves his grappling before his fight with Robert Whittaker
Israel Adesanya is not known for his grappling abilities as he has a striking presence of his own. The flaw in his formidable skill set was exploited by Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259. The Polish-born had no trouble knocking out the current middleweight champion in their bout. His strength and control allowed Blachowicz to arrive at a decisive unanimous victory.
However, it looks like Adesanya has been working hard to improve the grappling aspect of his game. In a recent video posted to Twitter, ‘The Last Stylebender’ can be seen bringing his teammate to the ground after receiving a kick to the body.
Watch Adesanya practice his grappling skills below:
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