Adesanya gets the job done
ROBERT Whittaker rose from a plush leather lounge inside The Star yesterday afternoon, having seen all he needed to. Israel Adesanya? “Hittable,” he deadpanned of the rising New Zealand phenom, a fella who had minutes earlier punched his way into a blockbuster UFC title fight with Australia’s middleweight champion.
“Noticed he doesn’t like getting hit, either. And I’m going to hit him.”
And that fight fans, was just the start.
Having just watched Adesanya earn the right to become his second UFC title defence, thanks to the grittiest of decision wins against American Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236, Whittaker went on the offensive himself inside the Star sports bar.
Australia’s most dangerous man told a small pack of journalists who had watched the US fight telecast alongside him how he not only wanted Adesanya in August, but in Sydney — even if “we have go down to a footy oval in Camden”.
As for whether he thought the unbeaten Kiwi — who is undeniably, the