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UFC: Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya 2 Targeted for UFC 270

  • UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya set to rematch against Robert Whittaker at UFC 270.
  • UFC 270 location likely to be in Las Vegas.
  • Heavyweight title unification bout between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane also scheduled.

Following recent reports that heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane are set to meet at UFC 270 on January 11, 2022 – the pay-per-view is now also expected to showcase a middleweight title rematch between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya, as per La Sueur.

Adesanya claimed UFC middleweight gold after knocking Whittaker out in 2019.

Oct 5, 2019; Melbourne, AUSTRALIA; Israel Adesanya (blue gloves) and Robert Whittaker (red gloves) during UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasmin Frank-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 5, 2019; Melbourne, AUSTRALIA; Israel Adesanya (blue gloves) and Robert Whittaker (red gloves) during UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasmin Frank-USA TODAY Sports

Since then the impressive New Zealander has gone on to defend the title three times, with wins against Paulo Costa and Yoel Romero included.

However, with it clear that Whittaker poses the greatest threat to Adesanya’s reign at 185 lb, Dana White has been left with little option but to rematch the pair.

Since losing his title two years ago, Aussie-born all-rounder Whittaker has gone on an absolute tear.

Currently, on a brutal three-fight win streak, ‘Bobby Knuckles’ is now expected to get his shot at redemption during the first month of 2022.

Tale of the Tape

Robert WhittakerIsrael Adesanya
Record23-521-1
Age3032
Weight185 lb185 lb
Height5’11”6’4″
Reach73″80″
Last FightUFC on ESPN 22 – Apr 17, 2021UFC 263 – Jun 12, 2021
Last Opponent Kelvin Gastelum (won via decision)Marvin Vettori (won via decision)
Wins by Knockout915
Wins by Submission50
Wins by Decision96
Stats via UFC Stats

Whittaker vs. Adesanya 2: What the Oddsmakers are Saying

Despite recently moving up to face Jan Blachowicz for the UFC light heavyweight title, online oddsmakers still view Adesanya as a clear favorite when it comes to rematching against Whittaker.

The pair’s first encounter is arguably the reason for the oddsmaker’s thinking though – having unleashed a brutal second knockout on his Aussie rival, Adesanya looked close to unbeatable.

However, as briefly mentioned earlier – Whittaker is still one of the sport’s best and his current run of red hot form makes him as dangerous as ever.

Nevertheless though, as displayed below, it’s not hard to see which fighter the oddsmakers are leaning towards.

Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya 2Odds
Robert Whittaker to win outright+170
Israel Adesanya to win outright-200

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