Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker have had gone back-and-forth in interviews and at press conferences in the lead up to their fight. It will be a massive fight for the Oceanic region that will take place at UFC 243.
It is an interesting stylistic matchup and Adesanya has now given advice to Whittaker on how to beat him.
“My advice is to shoot,” Adesanya said at Wednesday’s press conference. “If he wants to get the work done, shoot. I mean, no one’s been able to do it. If he wants to stand with me, I like to stand and bang. Let me bang, bro. I’d advise him to keep me grounded come Oct. 6.”
Although Robert Whittaker went ten rounds with Yoel Romero, who is one of the scariest middleweights on the roster, Adesanya is not impressed.
“My last fight, I looked like a potato – I let the Mexican touch me a little bit,” Adesanya said. “His last fight, as well, with the Cuban, he got dropped a lot, got rocked a lot – and that’s a powerful man, an athletic man, an old man. But I’m young. I just turned 30. I’m in my prime right now, just started. He’s younger than me – I haven’t forgotten about that – but he gets touched a lot, and I’m a guy you don’t want to get touched by.
“Ten rounds with Yoel Romero, and (expletive) what? You don’t need 10 rounds with a man. If you spend 10 rounds with one man, that’s five rounds too long. All you need is three, two or one. Understand that.”
Ultimately, Israel Adesanya is extremely confident he will get his hand raised and hear ‘And New’ at the end of the fight. No one has been able to stop his ‘hype’ and he doesn’t think Whittaker will be the one to stop it either.