Ade­sanya gets the job done

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Sport - NICK WAL­SHAW

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

Robert Whit­taker.

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